Minnesota charges added in case of vehicle theft, chase

Published 7:50 pm Monday, July 2, 2018

A Brainerd man who reportedly stole a car from Albert Lea and led authorities on a high-speed chase that ended on Interstate 35 near Clear Lake was charged in connection with the incident  Monday in Freeborn County District Court.

Jacob Aaron Eberly, 32, is charged with felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony receiving stolen property.

Jacob Eberly

Court documents state Eberly was charged after law enforcement was advised of a possible attempted carjacking at 2:45 p.m. June 22 in Ellendale. The report was later deemed unfounded, according to the Steele County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Eberly allegedly stole a 2000 black Expedition from 2340 Crossroads Boulevard in Albert Lea and then left southbound on I-35.

Court documents state speeds reached 100 mph during the chase. Officers attempted to stop Eberly, but he failed to stop even when lights and sirens were activated.

At one point, officers attempted to use stop sticks to get Eberly to stop his vehicle, but he allegedly went around the sticks and struck another vehicle, causing it to go into the median. The driver of the other vehicle was injured.

Officers attempted to use stop sticks a second time, when Eberly then reportedly exited the interstate at Exit 193 in Iowa and ran a stop sign.

Officers reportedly rammed the vehicle to end the pursuit, which caused the Expedition to roll.

Eberly was taken to the hospital to be examined by medical personnel, where he reportedly exhibited signs of intoxication by methamphetamine, including paranoia, rapid speech, elevated heart rate and elevated blood pressure.

Eberly also allegedly admitted using meth.

Court documents state at the time of the chase, Eberly’s license was suspended in Minnesota due to a conviction for driving while intoxicated and in Washington, where he has warrants for burglary and failing to appear on a charge of motor vehicle theft. 

Eberly’s first appearance in Freeborn County District Court has not been scheduled.

Eberly is charged in Cerro Gordo County District Court with eluding authorities, second-degree theft, operating while under the influence and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

As of Monday afternoon, Eberly was in custody in Cerro Gordo County.

In a separate case, Eberly is charged with felony terroristic threats in Hennepin County after allegedly telling an employee at a Mall of America business that he had a bomb.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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