Boat Chase Arrest

A 39-year-old Stockton man was jailed Saturday evening after he led a Sheriff's Department boat on a chase on the Mississippi River.

Sheriff Dave Brand said Mark Thomas Pellowski was cited with felony assault on a peace officer, along with DWI test refusal, fleeing in a motorvehicle, obstruction, and having no lights on his boat at night.

Brand said Deputy Troy Liebfied was operating the department's boat patrol boat near the Winona Marina about 9:00 pm Saturday when he spotted a small flatbottom fishing boat approaching upriver with no running lights on.                  
Brand said as Liebfried and a second deputy tried to pull alongside the boat to get it to stop, the flatbottom allegedly continued upriver and at one time tried to ram the patrol boat.

Brand said efforts to throw a rope on the flatbottom's propeller also failed.

The flatbottom then headed for shore and that's when Liebfried jumped out of his boat and managed to take Pellowski to the ground and handcuff him.      

In the process, the patrol boat got stuck and had to be pulled out by the Sheriff's Dive Rescue Team.

Brand said Liefbried sustained minor injuries.

He said Pellowski previously had his driver's license cancelled which also apply's to piloting boats.

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Locations : Mississippi
People : Mark Thomas PellowskiTroy Liebfied
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