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By Staff reports
Moose Lake Star Gazette 

'Strange' activity leads to arrest

 


Charles Joseph Zanol III, 41, Willow River, was arrested and charged with five counts after he was observed acting strangely by a Moose Lake police officer on June 1.

According to the complaint from the police department, at approximately 10 p.m. a Moose Lake police officer was approached by two anonymous individuals at the police department who reported they observed two male individuals in a green minivan at the Holiday gas station who were acting very strangely and, in the words of the reporting parties, “tweaking out.” The reporting parties gave the officer a description of the vehicle and the license plate number.

The officer went to the gas station and, as he was driving through the parking lot, he observed the subject vehicle leave the station and turn right on Arrowhead Lane. The officer followed the vehicle as it turned onto Highway 61, heading toward Sturgeon Lake.

As the officer followed the vehicle, he observed it weaving back and forth within its lane, touching both the center line and the fog line on the right.

The complaint states, the officer decided to stop the vehicle and approached the driver’s side. He noticed two individuals in the vehicle.

Just as the informants had indicated, the driver was Zanol, the defendant.

As the officer spoke to the defendant, the complaint states he noticed wild physical motions of the defendant's hands and arms. The defendant was unable to stop moving.

When the officer confronted the defendant about his unusual body motions and lack of control, Zanol denied he was behaving strangely or abnormal. According to the complaint, the defendant was clearly confused and his speech was mumbled.

The defendant could not answer any of the questions the officer asked in a coherent manner and the defendant did not have a valid driver’s license at that time.

The officer had him attempt to perform some field sobriety tests and found the defendant to be clearly under the influence of something and determined the defendant had been driving while impaired. The officer then attempted to take him into custody. However, in this attempt, Zanol continued to flail about and could not control his movements to the point where the officer had to physically force his hands behind his back and hold them so he could get the defendant cuffed.

During the arrest process, the officer found a small baggie of what appeared to be a controlled substance the defendant had dropped in the course of the stop. The officer retrieved the baggie for evidence. He also located a hypodermic needle in the defendant’s vehicle and other indications of controlled substance use.

Upon review of the defendant’s criminal history, it has been found he has two prior convictions for felonies in Washington County and Pine County.

Once the defendant was arrested and transported to the law enforcement center in Carlton, after having been read the Minnesota Implied Consent Advisory, he refused blood or urine testing. He was booked for driving offenses as well as the controlled substance offenses.

The evidence seized by the officer was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for official weight and analysis.

Zanol was charged with driving while impaired in the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years and/or a $14,000 fine; test refusal, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years and/or a $14,000 fine; controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine for a first offense, of up to 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine for a second and subsequent offenses; violation of a restricted driver’s license, which carries a maximum sentence of one year and/or a $3,000 fine, and possession of a hypodermic syringe/needle, which carries a maximum sentence of 90 days and/or a $4,000 fine.

Hlavka charged

Noah Kelly Hlavka, 18, Moose Lake, was charged with possession of a controlled substance on June 3 in Moose Lake.

According to the complaint from the Moose Lake Police Department, on June 3, at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Moose Lake police officer had contact with Hlavka on Elm Avenue. There was a warrant for his arrest.

The defendant was in possession of two 15 milligram morphine capsules, for which he did not possess a prescription.

The defendant was charged with possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine for the first violation, and 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine for a second or subsequent violations.

 

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