Woman in custody after fleeing from police officers in Waite Park

A 25-year-old woman is in custody after fleeing from police officers Friday night in Waite Park.

According to the Waite Park Police Department, at 11:15 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle driving without lights on and speeding. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the area of Divison and 10th Avenue in Waite Park, but the driver did not stop and instead fled from the officer.

During the pursuit, the fleeing vehicle’s driving conduct was erratic, including high rates of speed and at one point driving on the wrong side of the road, said police.

The Stearns County Deputies were able to set up two separate sets of stop sticks in two different locations during the pursuit, which were successful in deflating some of the vehicle’s tires. The vehicle first came to a stop in the 2200 block of County Road 75. However, as officers were attempting to call the driver out of the vehicle, she fled again. The vehicle traveled through the ditch before coming to a stop on County Road 75 and 24th Avenue South.

According to police, shortly after coming to a stop the second time, officers learned that the driver, later identified as Kayla Daily, 25, from St. Cloud, Minnesota, was armed with a knife. Officers on scene negotiated with Daily over the phone for approximately 35 minutes before Daily drove off in her vehicle a third time.

The vehicle was finally stopped after striking two squad cars in the McKays parking lot. At that time, a pepperball (mace) and taser were both used to gain control of Daily so that she could be placed into custody, said police.

Daily was transported to the Stearns County Jail, where she was booked for fleeing police in a motor vehicle, assault, DWI, reckless driving, exceeding the speed limit and driving without lights when required.

There was minor damage to a Sauk Rapids and St. Joseph squad car. There are no injuries or other damages reported during this pursuit.

The Waite Park Police Department received assistance from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph Police Department, Sartell Police Department, Sauk Rapids Police Department, and St. Cloud Police Department during this incident.