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Man charged in Maplewood standoff released on bail

Man charged in Maplewood standoff released on bail

Updated: July 11, 2019 08:05 PM

A St. Paul man charged with stealing a vehicle and fleeing police before a standoff that lasted several hours in May has been released on bail.

According to court documents, Kelly Gordon Sauer, 48, was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, also a felony, in connection to the incident on May 21.

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On Thursday, he was released on bail with conditions, according to the documents.

A criminal complaint states that police officers saw a vehicle with stolen plates on the night of May 21, but when they activated the squad's lights, the vehicle fled, reaching speeds around 90 mph. It finally came to rest after driving through a front yard, going through a chain-link fence into the backyard and then striking a wooden staircase and retaining wall.

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The criminal complaint said that after the vehicle stopped, the driver, identified as Sauer, told officers he wouldn't come out of the vehicle and he had a gun on him. The standoff lasted several hours before he was persuaded to exit the vehicle and taken into custody.

The complaint also states officers found what appeared to be a suicide note when arresting him.

Sauer has nine prior felony convictions, and according to the complaint, had an arrest warrant out for him at the time of the incident for failing to appear in court after being released on charges of fleeing police and ramming a vehicle into squad cars.

Sauer's next court appearance is set for August 9.

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