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Woman sentenced for felony DWI after police chase

Lucille Elizabeth Meyer, 32, of rural Waubun, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI.

A second felony DWI charge and a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle were dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2016, a tribal police officer responded to a report that Meyer and another person were trying to break into a residence in rural Becker County.

Enroute, the officer learned the suspects had left the scene in a gold-colored van and were heading east on Highway 113.

A second tribal police officer joined the search and was told by the first officer that the van may be on a trail between Elbow Lake Store and Elbow Lake Village. The second officer turned onto the trail and saw headlights coming towards him. He activated his emergency lights as a Ford Windstar van approached, but the van didn’t stop. Instead it continued towards the squad car and struck it on the front passenger side, then kept going towards Highway 113.

The first officer located the van and activated the sirens on his squad car. He observed that the van did not have a license plate, and followed it westward onto Highway 113 at various speeds around 70 mph. The van swerved and varied speeds without stopping, and finally came to an abrupt stop on Highway 113 in Becker County about 100 yards away from the Mahnomen County line.

Meyer had been drinking and smelled strongly of alcohol. Her 7-year-old son was in the back seat and told the officer he was scared. Meyer’s blood alcohol level tested at .25 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

She was previously convicted of DWI twice in 2014 and once in 2016.

She admitted having a few drinks before driving, and told the officer she didn’t pull over because she was scared.

She appeared June 13 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced her to 60 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed seven years, and ordered her to serve 124 days in jail, with credit for 124 days served.

She was fined $1,500, with $1,000 of that stayed two years, and $615 in court fees.

She was ordered to successfully complete the Becker County-White Earth DWI court program and was placed on supervised probation for seven years.