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Detroit Lakes man accused of DWI, leading police on chase

Keith Albert Diederich, 39, of 1776 Long Bridge Road, Detroit Lakes is accused of leading police on a chase while driving under the influence of alcohol.

He has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, felony first-degree DWI, felony first-degree DWI (alcohol level of .08 or more) and driving after his license was canceled, a gross misdemeanor.

According to court records, on Tuesday a Detroit Lakes police officer tried to pull him over on Highway 10 after Diederich allegedly waited through most of a green light on Washington Avenue.

The officer considered it an evasive maneuver and activated his squad car's emergency lights to pull him over.

Diederich allegedly failed to stop and the officer then activated his siren. He still failed to stop and led allegedly police on a chase at speeds up to 50 mph on West Lake Drive.

At one point the officer tried to stop him by using a "rolling roadblock," which involved pulling in front of Diederich's minivan and slowing down. But he allegedly passed the officer in the oncoming traffic lane and continued the chase.

Diederich stopped at the Long Bridge mobile home park, where he was arrested without further incident.

Officers allegedly found a number of empty Milwaukee's Best Light beer cans and an open bottle of Jagermeister inside his minivan.

His blood alcohol level allegedly tested at .24 percent. He was previously convicted of DWI in 2002, 2005 and 2007.

He appeared Wednesday before District Judge Joe Evans, who set bail or bond at $25,000 and set his next court appearance for Feb. 16.