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St. Paul man arrested while naked after chase appears in court

David P. Delmore

A man who fled from an attempted traffic stop and eluded authorities on foot for several hours but was later found naked and covered in cuts, bug bites and a dog bite appeared Monday in Washington County District Court.

David P. Delmore, 25, of North St. Paul, is charged with obstructing the legal process and fleeing a police officer, both felonies, and with misdemeanor reckless driving.

He had a brief court appearance Monday morning. He was being held in Washington County Jail; bail was set at $30,000 with conditions or $60,000 without conditions. Delmore's next hearing is scheduled for July 29.

After his arrest last Friday, initially prompted by a report that he may have been driving while intoxicated, Delmore told police he had done nothing wrong and just wanted to visit his grandma.

According to the criminal complaint:

Cottage Grove police received a report of a possible drunken driver about 10:15 p.m. July 15 near 88th Street and Hillside Trail. They located the suspect vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a boat, and attempted a traffic stop. The driver tried to flee, leading police down a number of Cottage Grove streets, and three times attempted to ram into a police squad car that was pursuing him. At one point, as he passed Keats Avenue at 80th Street, his vehicle was traveling about 70 mph, the complaint says.

Cottage Grove police set up stop sticks near Lamar Field and Woodbury cops used two sets of stop sticks on Manning Avenue. Delmore's truck ran over all of the stop sticks and he continued northbound on Manning Avenue. At one point, the complaint says, Delmore lost all of the truck's tires and was driving on just the rims. He was swerving and not stopping at stop signs.

The truck stopped on Manning Avenue north of Bailey Road and Delmore exited and ran into nearby woods. Police pursued him, but only tracked down bloodied clothing believed to have been worn by Delmore. Authorities from four agencies searched for Delmore with the aid of a canine and a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, but could not locate him.

About four hours after the initial attempted traffic stop, Woodbury police were called to a Lancaster Lane home on a report of a suspicious man knocking on the door.

Police arrested Delmore around 2:20 a.m. Friday. He was covered in cuts and bug bites. An injury on his right calf was consistent with a K-9 bite.

And he had no clothes. Delmore "was holding a small piece of plastic over the front of himself due to the fact that he was completely naked," the complaint says.

Delmore, who allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol, told police he had done nothing wrong and was at the Woodbury residence to visit his grandmother.