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Man charged with vehicle theft, meth posession

Two driver’s licenses and a checkbook were left as collateral to take a vehicle for a test drive, but the car wasn’t returned.

On June 3 Chris Nordenskjold gave his car to Chad Allen Holmgren, 33, 1003 Cottonwood Ave., for a test drive, according to a complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court Monday. Nordenskjold told authorities he received a call from Holmgren that evening informing him the car’s serpentine belt broke and then he didn’t hear from Holmgren again.

The complaint states that on June 4 a Red Wing police officer on patrol heard tires spinning on gravel and witnessed a vehicle speeding away. When the officer turned on his lights and siren, the vehicle sped away, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was located and passengers Anthony Holmgren and Madison Orr — neither of whom was cited — identified Chad Holmgren as the driver, who had fled and was no longer in the area, authorities said.

A bag containing .01 grams of a white substance which tested positive for methamphetamine was found next to the vehicle, the complaint states.

Nordenskjold brought Holmgren’s driver’s license, which listed a birthdate of June 6, 1985, the checkbook and a driver’s license belonging to a Jamie Haberman to the Law Enforcement Center, authorities said.

On June 6 a Red Wing police officer identified Holmgren walking across Plum Street toward Kwik Trip, according to the complaint.

The complaint states Holmgren was stopped and searched. The officer found .1 grams of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine in his pocket. Holmgren said he was going to use the drugs later that evening and that “it was his medication for the day.”

Holmgren was charged with felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine, felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, felony motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor driving after suspension.

The fleeing an officer charge carries a maximum sentence of three years and a $5,000 fine, while felony vehicle theft has a maximum sentence of five years and a $10,000 fine.

Holmgren has three convictions for fifth-degree controlled substance in Minnesota. A felony fifth-degree possession of meth subsequent conviction charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $20,000 fine. The maximum sentence for driving after suspension is 90 days and a $1,000 fine.

He is scheduled to be in court July 18. 

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. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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