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WE teen involved in high-speed chase sentenced

A White Earth teenager was sentenced Aug. 26 in Becker County District Court on a gross misdemeanor charge of third degree driving while intoxicated; a related felony charge of fleeing a peace officer was dismissed.

Jamie Lee Bevins, Jr., 18, was ordered to serve 210 days in a secured correctional facility, stayed on conditions including eight months of supervised probation (until April 2011), and completion of 24 hours of community service.

Bevins was a juvenile when he was first charged in connection with the Oct. 11, 2009 incident in Ogema. Bevins was involved in a high-speed chase with a local police officer, after refusing to pull over for a routine traffic stop. The chase reached speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour in a residential area.

After the vehicle was finally stopped, the officer noticed that Bevins smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. A preliminary breath test showed his alcohol level to be at .347; an Intoxilyzer test administered at the jail after his arrest showed an alcohol concentration of .10. Bevins also had a prior DWI conviction from Nov. 10, 2008, and his license had been revoked.