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DL man sentenced for high-speed chase

Timothy Lee Jones, 26, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor DWI. A misdemeanor charge of fleeing a peace officer on foot was dismissed in a plea agreement.

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. Jones was later determined to be the driver of the van.

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 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 June 6 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who

sentenced him to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed four years. He was ordered to pay $920 in restitution, plus a $1,000 fine and $1,160 in court fees.

Jones must get a complete diagnostic assessment and a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including for aftercare, to be monitored by his probation officer. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.

On the gross misdemeanor DWI charge, he was ordered to serve a year in jail, with 320 days stayed two years and credit for 31 days served. He was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.