Prescott man is charged in string of UTV, vehicle thefts

Arrested after high speed chase crash

A Prescott man is facing a long list of felony charges related to area vehicle and UTV thefts, property damage, receiving stolen property, reckless driving and two high-speed pursuits in which he fled law enforcement this past summer.

Timothy Adam Chambers, 23, is being held in Pierce County Jail and next appears in Pierce County Circuit Court for a status conference at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29 on all Pierce cases.

On Nov. 15, Chambers was ordered to pay $10,000 cash bail on theft – movable property > $5,000-$10,000, receiving stolen property > $5,000-$10,000 or firearm, three bail jumping, two burglary – building or dwelling, two theft – movable property > $10,000-$100,000 and two receiving stolen property > $10,000 charges. All are felonies and carry the “as party to a crime” and “repeater” modifiers. These charges resulted from incidents July 1920 in the town of Salem and July 29-30 in the town of Ellsworth. If convicted, Chambers faces up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

On Nov. 15, Chambers was also ordered to pay $5,000

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On Aug. 26, Chambers was ordered to pay $5,000 cash bail on felony bail jumping and two theft – movable property charges. In another case, he was ordered to pay $10,000 cash bail on felony bail jumping, felony receiving stolen property > $5,000-$10,000 or firearm, felony drive or operate vehicle without consent, felony vehicle operate flee/elude officer and operating while revoked. And in yet a third case, Chambers was ordered to pay $10,000 cash bail on theft – movable property, criminal damage to property, operating while revoked, felony bail jumping, felony vehicle operator flee/elude officer, felony take/drive vehicle without consent and two felony second-degree recklessly endanger safety charges. The charges in the third case stemmed from a high-speed chase July 18 in the town of Isabelle and a theft July 17 in the town of River Falls. If convicted, Chambers faces up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

In Buffalo County, Chambers is charged with felony vehicle operator flee/elude officer, felony second-degree recklessly endanger safety, resisting or obstructing an officer and operating while revoked. The charges resulted from a high-speed pursuit Aug. 4 through the city of Mondovi. His initial appearance is slated for 11 a.m. Dec. 22. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and/or up to $25,000 in fines.

According to three criminal complaints obtained by The Journal: A complainant called police at 11:21 a.m. July 18 to report a driving complaint. The driver was behind a newer red Dodge pickup that was swerving all over the road heading north on Highway 35 into Bay City. A man in his 20s with dark hair was driving the Dodge and had nearly hit a guardrail and driven into oncoming traffic before he pulled into Handy Mart in Bay City.

A responding deputy came across the Dodge heading north at a high rate of speed on Highway 35 near 150th Avenue in the town of Isabelle. When the deputy turned around to follow the Dodge, it went even faster. The Dodge’s license plate matched the license plate of a stolen truck. As speeds increased, parts began falling off the truck and black smoke billowed from it. A white T-shirt flew from the truck into the middle of the road. The truck reached speeds of more than 100 mph, passing northbound traffic in the southbound lane. A gray car traveling southbound had to swerve into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid a collision with the Dodge, which continued to weave in and out of heavy traffic at more than 100 mph.

The stolen Dodge headed south on Highway 63 toward Red Wing where it continued to drive in the oncoming lane, forcing other vehicles off the road. As the truck passed 830th Avenue near the Back Channel boat launch, a large cloud of dust kicked up due to the truck driving on the shoulder. The deputy ended the pursuit when the Dodge went over the High Bridge into Red Wing. The truck was located later about five miles south on Highway 61 in Wacouta, Minn., where it was damaged and smoking heavily. K9 units were deployed to find the driver, who was found hiding under a boat in the vicinity of the Dodge. Police identified him as Chambers.

Chambers, who was out on a $5,000 signature bond related to a Prescott vehicle theft case, was taken to Goodhue County Jail. It wasn’t immediately clear when he was released.

At 1:52 p.m. July 20, police responded to a 370th Avenue address in the town of Salem for a stolen 2013 Polaris Ranger 500, which had been taken from a yard sometime between 9:11 p.m. July 19 and 6:43 a.m. July 20. The UTV had been parked outside the back door when the complainant went to bed; the keys were in it. When she woke up, it was gone.

At 4:12 p.m. July 28, a Pierce County deputy patrolling Highway 10 east of Ellsworth saw a Ford Explorer pulled off to the side of the road pulling a utility trailer. Two men were trying to re-tarp a red UTV. The Ford’s registration was current and the men declined needing assistance. The deputy took a photo of the men and UTV, which came in handy the next day when the deputy learned of the Salem theft. The UTV on the trailer matched the stolen UTV’s description.

The deputy tracked down the Ford’s owner to a Lake Elmo, Minn., address in late August, where he learned the man had bought the UTV for $1,500 from a man named Tim Chambers. The man turned the UTV over to police.

At 7:17 a.m. July 29, police responded to a Highway 10 address in the town of Ellsworth, where a resident reported someone had taken his 2021 Polaris 570 UTV out of his garage sometime between 12:30 and 3:30 a.m. The keys had been left in the ignition and the garage door closed. The complainant said he didn’t hear it due to a storm that night. The UTV’s value was estimated to be $17,000. Other items missing included a generator ($329), a Stihl concrete saw with diamond blade ($1,000), a Craftsman leaf blower ($160), and other tools valued around $720. Police also found two shoeprints on a snowmobile seat which didn’t belong to the complainant.

Due to the storm, the soft ground allowed deputies to track the UTV’s path out of the garage, through the yard and east onto Highway 10. After about a half-mile, the tracks led north along a field drive, around some farm buildings and east out of a driveway onto County Road DD, where the UTV headed north. The deputies lost the tracks around 490th Avenue.

Deputies were called at 6:34 a.m. July 30 to a County Road DD address where a 1994 Chevrolet Corvette had been taken in the night. The complainant said the car went missing sometime between 10 p.m. the night before and 5:30 a.m. The car, worth about $12,000, had been parked in the garage. The homeowners’ barking dog had woken up the couple around 4 a.m., at which time they heard an engine; however, they thought it was on the road. The woman looked out the window and saw taillights going south down DD.

The couple said the overhead garage door had been locked, but not a side door. Several Milwaukee power drills, wrenches and chargers were also taken. In the garage, police found a white cloth mask with the word “Kentucky” on it. The thief had also taken a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, a pocket knife and mini maglite from a truck parked outside the garage.

On July 31, the Corvette was recovered in St. Paul, where someone had applied a dark window tint to the driver’s side window, blacked out the VIN with a magic marker and spray painted the rims.

At 8:01 a.m. July 31, a resident notified police of a UTV found parked in a cornfield near County Road D and 410th Street. It turned out to be the stolen 2021 Polaris, which had no damage and was missing the keys. A 30-by-30-foot section of corn had been flattened and ruined.

Other thefts related to these cases include a Dodge Ram, Ford Focus, Buick, Nissan Cube, a 1997 Wells Cargo trailer in River Falls and 2015 Chevy Silverado in St. Croix Count. Cell phones seized from Chambers show he had been at the locations from which a truck and the Nissan were taken. The cell phones also contained photos, texts and Facebook messages tying Chambers to the thefts.

At 4 a.m. Aug. 4, deputies from Pierce and Pepin counties were pursuing Chambers into Buffalo County, after he had rammed a squad car on Highway 10 while heading from Durand to Mondovi. A Mondovi city police officer responded to Highway 10 and County Road A near Mondovi and set up spike strips in hopes of stopping the vehicle. When Chambers saw the spike strips, he locked up the brakes, swerved to the north side of the road and avoided them. The officer estimated the vehicle went past him going more than 100 mph in a 30mph zone before heading east out of Mondovi.

Several law enforcement vehicles joined the pursuit, which continued into Clark County. Chambers was eventually arrested after crashing his vehicle in Wood County.

November 23, 2021