Samuel Nicolas charged with fleeing an officer on an ATV

Samuel Cabildo Nicolas, 33, Little Falls, was charged Oct. 16 in district court with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and one gross misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation and being inimical to public safety.

On Sept. 27, a Little Falls police officer observed a four-wheeler drive through a stop sign. From prior contacts, the officer recognized the driver as Nicolas.

The officer followed the suspect, noticing he was increasing his speed. He activated his emergency lights and sirens, but the driver allegedly evaded the officer by speeding onto a snowmobile trail.

The officer lost track of Nicolas, but later officers observed tracks leading into a ditch and into the woods. They found the ATV covered with leaves and pine needles, but could not locate Nicolas. An examination of Nicolas’ driving record revealed his driving privileges had been canceled as inimical to public safety.

If found and convicted, Nicolas faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.