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DL man charged in high-speed chase

Timothy Lee Jones, 26, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer on foot.

According to court records, in early April a Becker County deputy patrolling westbound on Highway 10 near Audubon clocked a van going 94 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The deputy had to reach speeds of 131 mph to catch up to the van, which was being driven aggressively, switching lanes around vehicles and then taking a hard right onto County road 11 and speeding off.

The deputy activated his squad car lights and sirens, and multiple times the van pulled over and slowed down, only to take off again. Eventually it stopped, then sped off as the deputy approached on foot, heading towards Highway 10. The deputy got back into his squad car, caught up to the van, and forced it off the road as it approached Highway 10.

Jones allegedly fled from the van on foot, and after a foot chase back and forth across Highway 10, he eventually lay down and gave up. He smelled strongly of alcohol when he was arrested and taken to jail, where he refused to provide a breath sample for testing.

A half-full bottle of alcohol and an open can of beer were found in the van. A passenger in the van said Jones was the driver and had ignored the passenger when told repeatedly to pull over and end the pursuit.

Jones appeared in court April 6, where cash bail was set at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 with no conditions of release.