Red Wing man eludes police, is caught in Pierce CountyA Red Wing man with a history of running from the law was arrested Friday in Wisconsin after allegedly striking an officer in Minnesota and escaping custody.
By: Mike Longaecker, The Republican Eagle
A Red Wing man with a history of running from the law was arrested Friday in Wisconsin after allegedly striking an officer in Minnesota and escaping custody.
Craig Allen Harp, 27, was being held in Pierce County Jail on a warrant for felony probation violation in Wisconsin.
Harp, who has an extensive criminal history in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, was one of three people Red Wing police spotted entering a vehicle in the 200 block of East Fifth Street. One of the males appeared to be carrying a beer can, according to reports.
Officers said they smelled burnt marijuana as they approached the vehicle. After questioning the occupants, officers learned all three had warrants out for their arrest.
One man, Cody Hoyer, 21, 31170 Langhans Road, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear for a theft hearing. The other man, Leandus Woodford, 23, Spring Valley, Wis., was arrested on a Wisconsin Department of Corrections warrant.
When officers went to handcuff Harp — who police said is a suspect in a recent gas drive-off and license plate theft case — he allegedly elbowed an officer, then fled on foot.
A K-9 unit tracked him down. Harp reportedly surrendered as the dog approached him. But once the dog was called off, Harp allegedly ran off again.
Harp went undetected until Friday morning when Pierce County deputies arrested him in the Harbor Bar parking lot.
Thursday's incident was not the first time Harp has been on the run from law enforcement. In October 2007, he eluded River Falls police while he was wanted in Wisconsin for a parole violation and in Minnesota for failing to register as a sex offender. Red Wing police arrested Harp about a month later.
Red Wing Investigative Sgt. Craig Lunde said Harp will likely face felony charges when he is released to Minnesota authorities. Lunde said officers found 110 grams of marijuana in the vehicle Harp had been driving.
Harp served 180 days in Goodhue County jail after pleading guilty in 2008 to stalking. Other Minnesota convictions include drug possession, motor vehicle theft and escaping from custody. He served nine months in Wisconsin following a 2004 felony battery conviction.