ANOKA, Minn. - A Pine City man faces a host of charges after authorities say he stole and crashed a plow truck while high on methamphetamine.
Timothy Dean Gross, age 39, is charged in Anoka County with five criminal counts in the incident, which occured the morning of February 11.
Lino Lakes Police and the Minnesota State Patrol were both called to the scene of a reported accident on Interstate 35E near the junction of Highway 14 around 6 a.m. The caller told officers that a man in a pickup with a plow had sideswiped him and driven away. They found the truck stuck in a ditch a short ways away, and footprints indicating the driver had fled on foot.
Minutes later authorities received another call from a resident on the 6600 block of Clearwater Creek Driver in Lino Lakes. The caller told officers that she was in the kitchen preparing food when a man broke into her home. She yelled at him to leave, the man said "It's a chase," and left.
Squads soon located the man, Timothy Gross, walking on foot not far from the home that was broken into. Officers quickly determined that Gross was under the influence of a controlled substance, and Gross allegedly admitted he had consumed a large amount of methamphetamine while plowing snow 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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