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DL man sentenced to probation for DWI, fleeing officers

A Detroit Lakes man was convicted and sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and first-degree driving while intoxicated.

Phillip Ray Clow Jr., 31, of 40277 County Road 126, Detroit Lakes, was given a stayed prison sentence on both counts, with conditions including up to five years of supervised probation on the flight charge, and up to seven years' probation on the DWI charge. He must also serve 180 days in jail and do community service in lieu of $1,690 in court fines and fees.

Additional counts including drug possession, a second count of felony DWI and a misdemeanor count of driving after license revocation were dismissed.

The charges were related to a Sept. 15, 2012 incident in which he allegedly fled a sheriff's deputy who was attempting to pull over his vehicle for speeding.

The incident occurred at around 8:45 p.m. on County Road 31 in Becker County. The ensuing pursuit of Clow's vehicle by law enforcement officers reached speeds between 80-100 miles per hour, before the officers lost sight of the vehicle. It was later spotted parked outside a private residence on 400th Avenue; the owners of the residence said the vehicle's driver had fled the scene on foot.

Clow was subsequently apprehended in the woods nearby. He appeared intoxicated, with bloodshot, watery eyes and an alcohol odor on him. A preliminary breath test showed his alcohol level to be at .212.

While he was being searched prior to being brought to jail, a small green pill was found in his pocket that later tested positive as containing the drug Clonazepam.

In an unrelated matter, additional charges against Clow including two gross misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor charge of driving after license revocation were also dismissed per plea agreement. Those charges were related to a July 2, 2011 incident on Buffalo Lake Road in Becker County.