Woman charged with animal cruelty after throwing puppy out of speeding vehicle during chase
A lady suspected of throwing a pit bull puppy out of a window through a January law enforcement chase by way of Ramsey County is charged with a number of counts of animal cruelty, among the other fees.
Raylean Chastity Gurneau, 26, was billed in Ramsey County District Courtroom Monday with a number of counts, together with fleeing law enforcement in a motor vehicle, four counts of animal cruelty — a person of them a felony— and placing a fake 911 simply call in connection with the Jan. 30 chase. A pit bull puppy was thrown from a pickup truck all through the chase, and shivered for hours in subzero weather conditions until eventually deputies rescued him from a snowy freeway embankment the next morning. Deputies named him Tahoe, and he was dealt with for a broken leg and other accidents. Veterinary prices for Taho’s accidents totaled additional than $15,000, and he is remaining cared for by a puppy rescue and rehabilitation firm as he recovers from physical and psychological abuse, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s business office.
According to the complaint:
A deputy with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office environment pursued a Ford pickup truck at 10:54 p.m. right after it ran previous a purple mild. The deputy turned on their emergency lights and police siren, but the pickup drove more rapidly — merging the completely wrong way into interstate website traffic.
Other deputies were being sent to Interstate 35E and Little Canada Street close to that time for a 911 connect with. The caller, who recognized by themselves as “Melissa,” mentioned they had been carjacked and that another person was shot. But “Melissa’s” phone disconnected various periods, and law enforcement identified no person when responding to the location of the alleged carjacking and shooting.
Deputies who ongoing following the Ford pickup truck watched as the automobile drove all over halt sticks and continued into wrong way targeted traffic. When regulation enforcement organized to end the truck by blocking it with a PIT maneuver, paperwork say that the back passenger doorway opened and anyone threw a tiny white canine into the roadway in entrance of squad vehicles.
Police stopped the truck using the PIT maneuver following the canine was thrown out. Two gentlemen got out of the truck and fled on foot, carjacking two close by autos at gunpoint to generate absent.
One of individuals suspects escaped. The other, 33-12 months-aged Donovan Alan Goodman, was arrested on February 25. Goodman now faces charges that involve aggravated theft, auto theft, and fleeing law enforcement.
When Goodman and the other suspect fled, deputies arrested Gurneau and another woman who has not nevertheless been charged inside of the truck. Gurneau was given multiple doses of Narcan right after demonstrating indicators of an overdose, and was transported to Locations Medical center.
Regulation enforcement investigating the scene discovered that the pickup truck experienced incorrect license plates and was stolen. Within, they identified a cell cellular phone, wallet, photographs and a backpack that contains 189 grams of methamphetamine. Charges say that the mobile cellular phone was connected to Goodman, and was the exact selection utilised previously that night time to make a 911 report as “Melissa.”
Goodman later admitted to driving the stolen truck, expressing that Gurneau positioned the bogus 911 connect with from the backseat. He also explained that Gurneau snorted fentanyl in the backseat through the pursuit, throwing the pet “Tahoe” out even even though the escaped suspect told her not to.
“She admitted working with a mobile cell phone to simply call 911 in order to divert regulation enforcement resources from the pursuit by expressing she had been carjacked and shot,” the charging files stated. “Just after listening to a single of the 911 phone calls all through the job interview, Gurneau admitted she was ‘Melissa.'”
Gurneau was also charged with animal cruelty on March 8 for an unrelated circumstance in 2021. In that case, digicam footage showed Gurneau and the escaped suspect dumping a doggy and bloody puppy mattress in a parking whole lot. Police say the two had agreed to check out the pet but then refused to return it to its owner, as well as beating the doggy and retaining food stuff from it. Officers afterwards observed the pet with all-around a dozen BB gun pellet accidents, which include one particular that needed surgical elimination of the its eye. Gurneau pleaded guilty March 8 to felony animal cruelty and gained a 17 thirty day period stayed sentence.