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Ponsford man charged with fleeing

A Ponsford man made his first appearance last week in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Randy Lee Kettle, 30, of P.O. Box 111, Ponsford, was traveling on County Road 24 in Becker County on June 4 when a law enforcement officer spotted his vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, because the vehicle matched the description of one that was suspected of being involved in a possible burglary nearby.

Instead of pulling over, Kettle accelerated and drove away, traveling at speeds in excess of 72 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. A chase ensued, and the vehicle turned onto 285th Street, lost control and entered a ditch.

The vehicle then turned back onto the road and entered a trail leading into the woods, continuing behind a ballfield before re-entering the woods on another trail.

The vehicle finally came to a stop after striking a downed tree.

Kettle is currently in custody at the Becker County Jail pending his next court appearance, at a Sept. 24 omnibus hearing.

His bail has been set at $5,000 with conditions, or $10,000 without conditions.