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Stop line violation turns up stolen handgun

A stop line violation led police to a stolen handgun out of North St. Paul and the arrest of a Red Wing man, according to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court.

Mark Allen Wipperling, 55, was charged with one felony firearm violation – felon convicted of crime of violence, one felony count of certain persons not to possess firearms, one felony count of receiving stolen property.

Police stopped Wipperling just west of Mound View Drive on Saturday July 18 when he allegedly went “several feet over the stop line.” He told police he was taking a test drive, according to the complaint.

Registration on the motorcycle came back to Mitchell Saltzman out of Mountain Iron, Minnesota, but Wipperling told police someone at 707 W. Third St. let him test drive the motorcycle, authorities said.

According to the complaint, police found a handgun on the motorcycle and Wipperling was placed under arrest.

Wipperling then told police he received a phone call from someone who asked him to drive the motorcycle to Treasure Island Resort & Casino and he never asked if there was any illegal contraband on the bike, the complaint states.

Wipperling pleaded guilty in Goodhue County District Court to misdemeanor fifth-degree drug possession – not small amount of marijuana in September 2005 and subsequently was convicted last month of felony fifth-degree drug possession, according to court records.

Both felony firearm charges carry a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine, the receiving stolen property charge is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Wipperling was also charged with misdemeanor no proof of insurance, which has a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Wipperling is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 17.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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