An Anoka man has been accused in Anoka County District Court of leading police on a high speed chase through a populated area of Andover on a Sunday afternoon (April 28) before he eventually pulled over.
Joshua William Bloomer was arraigned April 30 in court on a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. His next court appearance is May 30.
According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy parked in the Crooked Lake Elementary School parking lot 3:48 p.m. April 28 observed a vehicle and motorcycle drag racing west on Bunker Lake Boulevard. The deputy estimated they were traveling at least 80 mph in a 50 mph zone.
The vehicle pulled over right away, but the motorcycle that Bloomer was driving allegedly sped away, turning north on Round Lake Boulevard and accelerating away, zipping around vehicles. The deputy said the chase reached speeds up to 100 mph, according to the complaint.
Bloomer eventually stopped on his own on Round Lake Boulevard near 175th Avenue. He allegedly told the deputy that he and the car got to around 90 mph as they were racing west on Bunker Lake Boulevard.
He allegedly admitted that he saw the squad car’s lights activated and tried to get away to avoid a ticket, but eventually stopped because the chase was getting too dangerous.
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