Julie Mathilda Maxon, 44 of Mora is being charged with three felonies including assault with a dangerous weapon, vehicle theft and fleeing a police officer.
According to the Jan. complaint filed on January 29, Pine County deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Wildlife Road in Hinckley. The reporting party stated that Maxon had taken his car without permission.
A deputy spotted the car traveling on Highway 48 and turned around to follow, activating the lights and sirens. The car was traveling close to 100 miles per hour by the time the deputy was able to catch up to it. A second deputy joined the pursuit as it headed past the casino and into town. The suspect, later identified as Maxon, was passing vehicles using the lane belonging to oncoming traffic. The Minnesota State Patrol assisted in deploying spike strips at the intersection of Morris Road, resulting in the two passenger side wheels deflating. Maxon still did not stop and turned onto Interstate 35.
Law enforcement attempted to box in the vehicle but Maxon swerved hitting a squad car hard enough, the deputy nearly lost control. The pursuit continued at approximately 80 miles per hour until the tread from the tires blew off, causing her to slow to 50 miles per hour. A deputy then rammed his squad car into the vehicle’s rear drivers side, resulting in a controlled stop.
If convicted, Maxon faces seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine for the assault charge, five years and/or a $10,000 fine for theft of a vehicle and three years and one day and/or a $5,000 fine for fleeing a police officer. There is also a pending misdemeanor charge of reckless driving which comes with a penalty of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine.