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Man accused of stealing ATV, leading police on chase

Robert James Azure, 35, of 36418 Wolf Clan Drive, White Earth has been charged in Becker County District Court with two felonies -- fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and theft of a motor vehicle -- and two gross misdemeanors -- DWI with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more and third-degree DWI.

According to court records:

On June 4 a tribal police officer clocked him driving an ATV 41 mph in a 30 mph zone on County Road 21 near Crane Road.

The officer pursued with lights and siren activated, but Azure allegedly refused to stop, instead leading the officer on a chase through town.

Azure allegedly drove through several residential yards, including some with people standing nearby "that actually fled to get out of his way," according to court records.

He ended up in a swampy area and allegedly told the arresting officer that he fled because he assumed there were warrants out for his arrest.

His blood alcohol level allegedly tested at .12 percent.

The four-wheeler he was driving is owned by Aric Redhorse, who had loaned it to Jamie Bevins Jr., who allegedly did not give Azure permission to take it.

Azure appeared June 5 before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set bail at $15,000.

On June 8, Azure's attorney asked that his bond be reduced to $10,000 and that he wear an alcohol monitor if released. Irvine denied the bail reduction and set his next court appearance for June 29.