Pine City Man Accused Of Being On Meth Steals Snow Plow And Crashes It

Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 9:41 am

A snow plow driver from Pine City has been accused of being on methamphetamine when he crashed a stolen truck with a plow on it before authorities say he broke into a nearby home and was later caught by police.

According to a complaint filed in Anoka County, 39-year-old Timothy Dean Gross, of Pine City, has been charged with theft, second-degree driving while impaired, third-degree driving while impaired, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and trespassing.

According to the complaint, last Monday morning at 6am, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Lino Lakes Police Department were called to the area of the 6600 block of Clearwater Creek Drive in Lino Lakes for a motor vehicle accident.

A witness said a pickup truck with a plow had sideswiped his car as he was driving north on Interstate 35E. The witness said the pickup truck didn’t stop, and then crashed into a ditch.

The witness said the driver then fled the scene. Moments later, dispatch received a call of a break in at a nearby house on Clearwater Creek Drive. That’s where police say Gross shattered a window and broke into a home. The woman inside the house yelled at Gross to leave and called police. The woman in the house said Gross told her this was part of a chase before he fled the residence.

When officers found him walking on foot nearby, he admitted to consuming a large quantity of meth while snow plowing over the previous three days.The owner of the plow truck told authorities that Gross and another man had been plowing snow in Minneapolis when Gross allegedly threatened the other man and took the truck. The owner of the vehicle said Gross did not have his permission to take off with it.

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