MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police arrested a man in Itasca County after they say he used his car as a weapon while they were involved in a police chase with him.

Shad Oneil, 33, has been charged with multiple counts including possession of a firearm, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer on foot and in a vehicle, and three counts first degree assault. In all, he is facing nine charges.

Officers said Oneil, of Nashwauk, Minn., is a nine-time convicted felon.

On Nov. 8, police said they executed a search warrant at his home. They said they found two loaded handguns and meth, but Oneil fled out the back door.

Then on Nov. 10, a deputy who knew that Oneil was wanted by police, found him driving down county Road 539 going faster than 90 mph.

A chase led to the former home of Oneil’s father. The officer found the suspect’s vehicle parked and running with its lights on in front of the home. A drug pipe was also found in the vehicle.

More officers arrived and they noticed foot tracks leading from the suspect’s car into a garage. Police believed he fled in a different vehicle.

One officer was able to disguise himself as “Mickey” and spoke with Oneil by calling his cell phone. They arranged to meet him in an unmarked police vehicle. While they were approaching the blue truck driven by Oneil, they flipped on the police lights and Oneil turned his vehicle toward them at a high rate of speed. Officers had to swerve into a ditch to avoid Oneil hitting them.

A chase started and other squad cars were called in. Oneil allegedly swerved in front of those cars too. Eventually he pulled down a wooded trail and his truck became hung up on a tree. Oneil jumped out of the truck and fled on foot into the trees and swamp.

Officers were able to located and arrest him after more than a 5 hour search.

His first court appearance was on Monday where bail was set at $500,000.

He is being held at the Itasca County Jail. His next court appearance is Nov. 28.

Comments (12)
  1. kevin says:

    Ain’t diversity grand?

  2. rick perry says:

    Really,only a nine time conviced felon? This is why we need the death penalty.

  3. Literate Person says:

    They were able to “located” him, eh? Why don’t you have a proof-reader?

  4. Deep Thinker says:

    33 years old & has 9 felony convictions, how is it possible that he was a free man to begin with, I can uderstand a first or second chance but this is pathetic

  5. spooky says:

    He’s got that Charles Manson thing goin on…

  6. G dog says:

    The system failed him

  7. Mr. Always Right says:

    What’s up with the whole disguising as “Mickey” thing?

  8. jackactionhero says:

    Come on. He didn’t mean it. He probably had bad parents and a weak support structure. He deserves a second chance. It should be expected that a few people might die around him, due to his actions, but really he is the victim here.


  9. Mike Jacobson says:

    I’m glad all the officers are safe..this guy appears to be a loaded cannon. Slippery but not slick enough.

  10. just sayin says:

    Lets rip that wart off his head…

    pathetic wanna be from lord of the rings!

  11. Murph says:

    Nine felony’s at age 33 ,hmmmm worthless pece of excrement stamped all over him! My cousin is a veterenarian,I could slip him a good strong dose of sleepaway for about $50 bucks! Any takers???

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