Alexander Greg Walsh, 19, Plymouth, was charged May 31, in the Morrison County District Court, with one felony count of theft and one misdemeanor count each of driving after revocation and consuming liquor while underage.
On May 30, at about 5:22 a.m., a Minnesota State Patrol officer responded to a report of a vehicle involved in a rollover near Randall. The officer found a 2009 Toyota, reported stolen, damaged in the median. The driver was not at the scene, but a witness provided a description of the person seen driving.
At about 6:30 a.m. the same morning, the Little Falls Police Department received a report of a vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 10 near Little Falls and a witness provided a description of the person seen walking away from the vehicle. It matched the description of the man leaving the scene near Randall.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen and the Little Falls officer determined it was the vehicle parked on Highway 10.
Law enforcement determined Walsh was the person they believed stole the Toyota in Plymouth, crashed it near Randall, then stole the second vehicle and abandoned it when it became disabled.
Police located Walsh in a Little Falls hotel where he was arrested and taken to jail. Walsh allegedly admitted he stole a friend’s Toyota in Plymouth to drive to Perham. When he lost control of the vehicle, he walked through a field and into someone’s yard where he saw the second vehicle with keys in it. When that vehicle became disabled, he walked to the hotel and got a room.
Walsh’s blood alcohol allegedly came back at 0.12 and an examination of his driving record showed his privileges were currently revoked due to a DWI conviction in November 2010 in Hennepin County.
If convicted, Walsh faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine