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Bail set at $100,000 in drug case

Bail has been set at $100,000 for a man accused of leading police on a high speed chase, after they found more than $10,000 worth of methamphetamines on the front seat of his vehicle in an earlier incident.

William Ike Libby Jr., 28, of Box 355, White Earth has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime (sale), and felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

The charges stem from two incidents. According to court records:

On Nov. 17, he was pulled over by a police officer in Detroit Lakes who knew he had warrants out for his arrest.

Libby allegedly ran away and could not be found. On the front passenger seat was allegedly found a blue bag containing a baggie that contained 59 grams of meth, with packaging.

The meth allegedly has a street value of $200 per gram. There were also various packaging items and other items, including a digital scale, used in the sale of drugs.

On Nov. 22 Libby was pulled over by a state trooper on Highway 34 who knew his license was suspended.

The trooper asked him to put the red Chevy Lumina in park and come back to the squad car. Libby allegedly said "sure," took a sip of bottled water, and sped off northbound on County Road 29.

Thus began a 25-mile chase that allegedly reached speeds of 70-120 miles per hour. Eventually, the Lumina stopped and Libby allegedly tried to flee on foot. When he tired, the trooper took him into custody.

Libby appeared Monday before District Judge Mark Hansen, who set bail at $100,000 to cover both files, and set his next court appearance for Dec. 8.