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DL man gets prison for domestic assault, police chase

Arlan Ray Bergstrom Jr., 25, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced to prison for separate instances of domestic assault and leading police on a high-speed chase.

He was charged in Becker County District Court with felony domestic assault and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Felony charges of making threats of violence and violating a restraining order were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 3:30 p.m. on July 3, Detroit Lakes police were called to a residence on a report that Bergstrom had assaulted his girlfriend. The two had been in a relationship since December of 2017.

She told officers she got home that day and Bergstrom started to argue with her, so she and another woman got into a vehicle to leave. He got angry and started throwing his fists towards the second woman as though he were going to hit her. He told them both he would kill them if they talked to the police, then became enraged and stabbed the second woman's rear passenger tire.

The girlfriend said she was afraid, so she and the second woman called the police, who found Bergstrom hiding underneath a mattress inside the house and arrested him. He threatened one of the women as he was being escorted to a squad car.

He has three prior domestic assault convictions and two prior convictions for violating a restraining order in 2013.

On the domestic assault charge, he appeared Sept. 14 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 29 months in prison at St. Cloud and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $215 in court fees.

The felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle charge stems from a May 15 incident, in which a Detroit Lakes police officer recognized him driving in Detroit Lakes, even though Bergstrom tried to cover his face. The officer knew Bergstrom's license was revoked and made a U-turn. Bergstrom sped up and went around two vehicles stopped at a stop sign. The officer pursued, with his emergency lights and sirens going, at speeds of up to 60 mph in city limits before Bergstrom made a quick stop to end the chase.

On that charge, Thilmony sentenced him to 22 months in prison and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $215 in court fees from his prison pay. The two prison terms are to be served concurrently.