Citing federal case, prosecutors drop state charges against Blaine man accused of assaulting, fleeing police

Anoka County prosecutors have dropped state charges against a man who is accused of assaulting an officer and fleeing police in a motor vehicle earlier this year.

A review hearing for 21-year-old Carson Thomas McCoy was held Monday morning, where multiple state charges were dropped.

According to the state’s dismissal of complaint dated Nov. 25, prosecutors said the charges were dismissed due to the matter having been charged federally.

McCoy had previously been charged with three counts of second-degree assault, including two counts involving a dangerous weapon. He had also been charged with three counts of dangerous weapons-drive-by shooting toward occupied motor vehicle or building, one count of receiving stolen property, one count of first-degree drug possession of 50 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine and one count of possessing/receiving a firearm without a serial number.

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As previously reported, deputies with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office were called to an area near Lexington Avenue Northeast and Constance Boulevard in Ham Lake around 1:45 p.m. for a report of shots being fired toward motorcyclists on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

A short time later, deputies, along with Blaine and Coon Rapids police officers, found the suspect vehicle — a BMW sedan — and tried to stop it. However, it fled and a pursuit was initiated.

The sheriff’s office says during the pursuit, the BMW drove the wrong way on State Highway 65 and U.S. Highway 10. Eventually, it hit a sheriff’s office squad car and then crashed into a tree near Jefferson Street Northeast and 91st Avenue in Blaine.

The male driver and female passenger were taken into custody. The passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the sheriff’s office says.

Authorities say none of the motorcyclists were injured, nor was the deputy driving the squad that was hit by the BMW.