Man allegedly tosses handfuls of meth out window during high-speed chase in Becker County
Richard Anthony Balsimo, 32, of St. Paul, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
According to court records, on Feb. 16 the vehicle he was driving was pulled over on Highway 59 in Becker County for going 67 mph in a 55 mph zone.
After the officer pulled him over, two passengers got out and Balsimo allegedly sped off again. The officer pursued at speeds up to 110 mph, as Balsimo allegedly crossed lanes, drove in the oncoming traffic lane and drove on the shoulder. The officer allegedly saw him throwing items from the vehicle.
Other officers set up stop sticks to puncture his vehicle tires at Highway 59 and Main Street in Ogema, and he drove into the parking lot of the M&W convenience store, where the pursuing officer forced his vehicle into a snowbank and a power pole.
Balsimo allegedly fled on foot, and the officer chased him down, tazed him and arrested him.
After a search of his vehicle, more than 7 grams of meth were allegedly found from four sources, including a large ripped bag, a smaller bag, and loose meth found on the driver's seat, passenger's seat and a hat. Also found were a half-gram of marijuana and 28 Gabapentin pills in an unlabeled bottle.
Officers collected 64 more grams of meth, allegedly dumped by Balsimo during the chase and spread over 520 feet of roadside.
At the time of the incident, Balsimo was wanted on warrant status for five different matters.
He appeared in court Feb. 19 before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set cash bail at $30,000 or bond at $30,000, with standard conditions, or bond at $75,000 without any conditions for release.