September 10, 2007
Stolen semi truck crashes into Winsted playground Wednesday
Teenager allegedly stole truck in Montrose, drove to Winsted on gravel
By Lynda Jensen
A semi truck stolen in Montrose ended up in the literally in the backyards of residents along Winsted Lake early Wednesday morning.
The truck, allegedly driven by a 16-year-old boy from Winsted, initially attracted attention when it drove past two McLeod County deputies at the lake access on Winsted Lake with its cab on fire.
The deputies happened to be in the area assisting Winsted Police with a separate call when the incident took place, said McLeod County Chief Deputy Tim Langenfeld. The incident took place at about 5 a.m.
The youth fled the scene after narrowly missing a fire hydrant, driving through a playground, and hitting a power terminal at Winsted on the Lake.
K-9 dogs were used to locate the youth, who surfaced on the south side of the lake.
The Winsted officer, who positioned himself on the south side of the lake, caught the teen as he walked out.
No one was hurt during the incident. The semi truck is owned by a man from Plymouth. The truck, which was stolen from 601 Nelson Boulevard in Montrose, did not have a trailer on it when it was stolen.
Charges were filed against the youth by the McLeod County Attorney’s Office of motor vehicle theft and third degree driving while intoxicated.