Morrison County Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Fleeing Case, Defendant Refuses to Speak
LITTLE FALLS - A Morrison County Jury found an Anoka man guilty yesterday (Monday) of fleeing police last summer.
The trial for 34-year-old Robert Croteau lasted just one day. The incident happened on June 16th of last year on Highway 371 north of Little Falls. A car came up behind a State Trooper traveling about 115 miles an hour. The car slowed to 70 miles an hour and passed the trooper. However, Croteau refused to stop and continued to drive 70 miles an hour for about six minute, covering eight miles.
Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich says it's an unusual case because "Croteau never spoke at all during the trial, or the nine court hearings prior to the trial". He says he didn't acknowledge the proceedings in anyway and refused to stand when the judge entered the room.
Croteau will be sentenced on February 10th, state guidelines call for a prison sentence between 17 and 22 months.