Bradley Shold flees cops and crashes into St. Cloud City Hall

City Hall probably isn't the best refuge from police.

City Hall probably isn't the best refuge from police.

In trying to escape police early this morning, 26-year-old Bradley Shold took a very wrong turn and ended up running over some city-owned landscape and landing on St. Cloud's City Hall building.

That's right: the Sauk Rapids man drove his car into City Hall while trying to evade the cops. A bold move, to be sure. Unfortunately, it didn't pay off.


Police first spotted Shold just before 2 a.m. when he blew through a stop sign. At an officer's signal, Shold pulled over as if he were going to cooperate. Then he sped away.

He allegedly made it all of a block and a half before hitting the median, losing control, and crashing into a tree, a stop sign, and eventually the east wall of City Hall. The crash also injured a female passenger.

Not willing to admit defeat, police say Shold took off on foot -- another escape plan quickly foiled by an officer who was faster than him.

Authorities suspect alcohol may have played into his epically disastrous get-away attempt. In addition to a potential DWI, he faces a slew of other charges, ranging from a stop sign violation to fleeing police.

This isn't Shold's first run-in with the law. In 2007, he was charged with a felony for one count of Terroristic Threats-Reckless Disregard Risk, a misdemeanor related to domestic assault, and a gross misdemeanor for interfering with a 911 call, according to court records.

A judge dismissed all counts except the gross misdemeanor charge and sentenced Shold to two years of supervised probation.

He was also charged with a DWI in 2002.