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Ponsford man sentenced for fleeing deputy

Marcos Ryan Maurstad, 43, of rural Ponsord has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, on March 17 a Becker County deputy on patrol on County Road 35 saw a vehicle on the road with no front or rear license plates and attempted to pull it over.

Instead of stopping, the vehicle turned onto Ladoux Road and sped off, reaching speeds of 75 mph with the deputy in pursuit. The driver, Maurstad, turned into a driveway, stopped the vehicle, crawled out a window and fled on foot. The deputy pursued and caught him hiding by a vehicle at a neighboring residence. He was wanted on a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant.

Maurstad appeared May 24 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who

sentenced him to 22 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed four years. He was ordered to serve 78 days in jail, with credit for 70 days served. He will be released to the Teen Challenge chemical dependency treatment program after serving his jail time. Work crew privileges were granted. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,165 in court fees. He must abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, submit to random testing, get a chemical dependency evaluation, and complete the Teen Challenge program. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.