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Detroit Lakes man setenced for drugs after crashing car

Tad Isaac Butcher, 25, of 25786 County Road 22, Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

A felony charge of fleeing peace officer in a motor vehicle has been dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, about 9:22 p.m. on Oct. 27, officers were dispatched to look for Butcher on a report of drunken driving. His probation officer had met with him and believed he had been drinking. Butcher refused to cooperate and left in a silver Chevy Impala.

A deputy located him on County Road 6, at which point he sped up and began a chase that reached speeds of 90-100 mph.

He failed to slow down for the intersection with County Road 15 and hit a large power pole.

As a deputy approached he saw the suspect take pills, and Butcher admitted he had swallowed eight ecstasy pills. Three other ecstasy pills were found on him or in the vehicle.

On Monday, Becker County District Judge Joe Evans sentenced him to 17 months in prison, stayed five years. He was placed on supervised probation for five years. He was fined $50 plus court fees, and ordered to serve 55 days in jail, with credit for 55 days already served.