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Johnson convicted in stolen car chase

A St. Paul man who led officers on a chase in a hijacked SUV from a Baldwin gas station in May has been convicted of two felony counts.

Terrance Wayne Johnson, 25, was sentenced Jan. 15 to one year in jail, probation for two years, 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay $799 restitution on conviction of two charges of fleeing an officer.

Judge Howard W. Cameron dismissed additional charges of fleeing an officer, reckless endangerment, theft and obstruction in the case as result of a plea agreement. Four other separate traffic cases involving Johnson were also dismissed.

As part of the agreement, Johnson withdrew a not guilty by reason of insanity plea to one of the charges.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's report said on May 21 an officer noticed an SUV-type vehicle leaving Ray's Southside Truck Stop at a high rate of speed and pursued the car in a chase that reached 100 mph.

The chase was suspended based on a suspected gas drive-off then renewed when a report came in that the car was stolen at the truck stop.

A woman filled up the SUV at the pump, then went into the store when Johnson jumped in the car and took off, the criminal complaint said.

The chase reached 105-110 mph. Near Exit 4, stop sticks were placed. The SUV ran over them and deflated two tires. At Exit 2 the car drove up the ramp then down the other side and continued west on the freeway until it finally became disabled, the sheriff's report said.