Christensen charged with possession of controlled substance, fleeing officer

Jared Charles Christensen, 25, Crystal, was charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony county of fifth degree drug possession, one felony count of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle and one felony count of driving with a suspended driver’s license.

On March 27, an officer with the Little Falls Police Department observed a vehicle with a cracked windshield while on routine patrol. The officer increased his speed in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle stopped after the officer gained on it and the driver and passenger fled from the vehicle on foot. The officer caught the driver, later identified as Christensen, and asked who the passenger was. The passenger fled because he reportedly had a warrant for his arrest. The officer noticed drug paraphernalia in Christensen’s vehicle and a search was conducted, revealing a glass pipe, pocket scale, two needles, a small bottle containing a clear liquid and assorted pills.

Christensen was placed under arrest and transported to the jail, where he was searched for contraband. He allegedly handed over a bag of a controlled substance that he said was heroin, which a field test confirmed. An examination of his driving record showed that his driving privileges were suspended.

If convicted, Christensen faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.