A Hudson man faces felony charges after he allegedly fled Washington County deputies on a motorcycle, while he was under the influence of alcohol and in possession of a handgun.
Christian Rask Fauchald, 52, was charged by the with second-degree DWI, fleeing police in a motor vehicle and possessing a pistol while under the influence of alcohol.
According to the criminal complaint:
Washington County deputies were on routine patrol on Highway 95 in Bayport just before midnight on Sept. 1 when they saw a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies reported that they clocked the driver, later determined to be Fauchald, travelling 66 mph in a 50 mph zone.
Deputies activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the motorcycle, the complaint states. The motorcyclist reportedly moved over to the shoulder of the road, turned and looked at the deputies and then accelerated rapidly away from the side of the road.
A short chase ensued, ending when the motorcycle reached a dead end, the complaint states. Deputies made contact Fauchald, who allegedly smelled of alcohol.
When asked if he had any weapons on him, Fauchald reportedly told the deputies he had a 9mm Sig Sauer P228 in his vest.
Fauchald has a valid permit to carry in Wisconsin, but not Minnesota, the complaint states. Minnesota does not have reciprocity with handgun permits from Wisconsin.
Fauchald allegedly admitted that he had a few beers prior to operating his motorcycle. A series of sobriety tests conducted by the deputies allegedly indicated that Fauchald “may be under the influence of alcohol.”
Fauchald provided two breath samples, both of which resulted in a .09 breath alcohol concentration reading, the complaint states.
According to court records, Fauchald has two prior DWI convictions in Wisconsin from September 2003 and January 2012.