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.[jump]
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.