A White Bear Lake man has been spared prison time after admitting to leading police on a chase from Stillwater to St. Paul while high on meth, throwing rocks at a squad car as he tried to evade arrest.
David Andrew Narow, 44, was sentenced in Washington County District Court on Wednesday after August guilty pleas to felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (refusing to submit to a chemical test) in connection with last year’s incident.
Judge Siv Mjanger sentenced Narow to a year and a day in prison for the felony conviction, but then stayed the term for four years during which time he will be on supervised probation. He was ordered to serve 66 days in the county jail on the second charge, time that he already has served.
Charges say the Jan. 17, 2022, pursuit reached speeds up to 115 miles per hour, and ended only after a Stillwater police officer managed to pull off a PIT maneuver that caused Narow’s vehicle to spin and crash into a snowbank.
According to the criminal complaint:
Around 8:40 p.m., a Stillwater officer was sent to a business on a report of a man threatening people. Narow was in his car and began yelling at the officer. He was sweating profusely. The officer had prior contacts with Narow and knew he had used meth in the past.
Narow put his car in drive and sped away. The officer caught up to him as he turned westbound onto Highway 36 from Washington Avenue.
As Narow’s car passed the Manning Avenue exit, the officer saw two large rocks being thrown from his car. The first rock hit and damaged the squad car’s light bar, just missing the windshield. The second one struck the driver’s side of the squad car.
Other agencies joined the high-speed pursuit. When it reached Ramsey County, a sheriff’s deputy threw down stop sticks near Edgerton Avenue, where the Stillwater officer pulled off the PIT maneuver. Narow was arrested.
At the Washington County jail, a correctional officer found in Narow’s sock a glass pipe containing white crystalline residue. A drug recognition expert concluded that Narow was under the influence of a stimulant. He admitted he had used methamphetamine that morning.
‘Great strides forward’
A month earlier, Narow was charged with felony drug possession, possessing drug paraphernalia and obstructing legal process after the same Stillwater police officer from the pursuit arrested him following a report of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot.
Those charges were dismissed Wednesday as part of Narow’s August plea agreement with the prosecution.
Narow told the judge before receiving his sentence he’s been going to drug treatment for nearly a year.
“I believe I’ve made great strides forward,” he said. “I’ve felt a lot of growth in the past couple of few months that I’ve been doing this rigorously. And it’s time to take life seriously and not be in the hair of the courts anymore.”