Shamrock Township wasn't such a lucky place Tuesday for a McGregor man who is accused of crashing into an Aitkin County sheriff's squad car.
Terrance Michael Petrick, 47, McGregor, was charged Thursday in Aitkin County District Court with gross misdemeanor DUI, gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm, gross misdemeanor driving after inimical cancellation of driver's license and failure to stop for a property damage accident.
"We're very lucky we don't have a fatal accident here," said Aitkin County Sheriff Dennis Landborg.
Landborg said his deputy was responding to a call of a person with a gun making threats. The deputy was moving with his red lights and sirens activated. The suspect did not have a valid driver's license and is suspected of driving drunk, Landborg said.
"It could have been a very, very deadly accident here," Landborg said. "We're just very lucky for everybody involved."
Petrick appeared before Judge John Solien who set conditional bond at $5,000 and conditional cash bail at $500 with electronic monitoring.
Petrick's next court appearance was set for Monday. A public defender was appointed to represent him.
According to the criminal complaint:
* Aitkin County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Derksen was running to an emergency call southbound on Highway 65 in Shamrock Township with his emergency lights and sirens activated.
* Derksen said he observed a vehicle traveling northbound that was not pulling over and was driving close to the center line.
* The approaching pickup collided with the squad car, spraying the deputy with shattered glass. The suspect fled the scene.
* The suspect vehicle was found at the Daniel Petrick residence on Grouse Street near McGregor. A vehicle, earlier spotted leaving this residence, was stopped a short time later. A passenger in this vehicle, Terrance Michael Petrick, was questioned and then arrested.
* Petrick, in a taped statement, admitted he was the driver of the pickup and that he had smoked marijuana and drank beer that day. He said he became scared after crashing into the squad car and headed toward his home.
* Petrick was convicted of DUI in September 1995 and his driver's license was canceled as inimical to public safety in February 1982 and has not been reinstated.
In regard to the original gun call, a suspect was arrested for terroristic threats and no one was hurt, Landborg said.
KATHI NAGORSKI can be reached at kathi.nagorski@brainerddispatch or 855-5859.
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