Ronald Wayne Elias Thompson, 37, of White Earth, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor DWI.

According to court records, shortly after 6 p.m. on July 21, a tribal police officer on patrol in rural Becker County saw a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck drive into the opposing traffic lane and correct aggressively back into its own lane.

The officer attempted to pull over the pickup, driven by Thompson, but he refused to stop and sped up, going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone on Bear Clan Drive near White Earth village.

The officer pursued Thompson on County Road 21 at speeds up to 90 mph. The officer was able to get ahead of the pickup, which then tried to pass the squad car on the shoulder and wound up in the ditch, ending the chase.

An empty bottle of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum was found in the pickup. Thompson refused to submit to DWI testing. His license had been canceled as inimical to public safety.

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On Dec. 10, District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced him on the felony charge to 17 months in prison at St. Cloud. Thompson was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $125 in court fees.

On the DWI charge, he was ordered to serve a year in jail, with credit for 109 days served. The jail time and prison time are to be served concurrently.

A gross misdemeanor charge of driving after his license was canceled as inimical to public safety was dropped in a plea agreement.

Since he was going to prison anyway, sentences on several other charges were executed at Thompson’s request. They include:

  • Gross misdemeanor driving after his license was canceled. On Dec. 10 District Judge Gretchen Thilmony ordered him to pay a $500 fine plus $590 in court fees. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for 180 days served. A felony charge of obstructing the legal process was dropped in a plea agreement.
  • Gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process. He was fined $500 plus $590 in court fees. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with credit for 180 days served.
  • Gross misdemeanor domestic assault. According to court records, on March 20, he assaulted a woman, slamming her head back, pushing her up against a vehicle, and punching her in the face two or three times. His sister intervened to stop the assault. On Dec. 10, Fritz sentenced him to a year in jail, with credit for 151 days served. He was fined $500 plus $590 in court fees.

Lake Melissa man ordered to complete DWI Court

Ricky Morrell Dickson, 67, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI.

According to court records, at 8:14 a.m. on June 13, Detroit Lakes police responded to a report of an unresponsive man with a bleeding head lying in the parking lot at Walmart. An officer helped provide medical care, and noted that Dickson was lying about 8 feet from the driver’s door of his green van. An open bottle of Listerine was on the floor between the driver and passenger seats.

Prior to him being taken to the emergency room, the officer overheard him tell an emergency responder that he had been drinking vodka. Walmart surveillance video shows Dickson getting out of the van and falling down shortly after arriving at Walmart.

A blood sample was taken and submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing. He was previously convicted of DWI in 2018.

On Dec. 10, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Dickson to 75 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed seven years. Dickson must complete Becker-White Earth DWI Court, and was ordered to serve two days in jail, with credit for two days served.

He was fined $1,000, with $500 of that stayed for seven years, and ordered to pay $680 in court fees.

He has already had a chemical dependency evaluation, and must follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for seven years, and must complete 30 days on electronic home monitoring for every year on probation.

The sentence is a downward departure from state sentencing guidelines, based in part on recommendations from probation and treatment professionals, according to court records.

Woman sentenced for selling meth

Nicole Danielle Tijan, 32, of White Earth, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on two counts of felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on April 22, 2019, she sold 2.24 grams of meth for $200 to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The sale took place in Lake Park.

On May 14, 2019, she sold the confidential reliable informant 1.91 grams of meth for $100 at her residence in Lake Park.

On Dec. 8, District Judge Jay Carlson stayed adjudication and continued the first case. Tijan was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees, and ordered to serve 60 days in jail, with credit for one day served. She can serve the time on electronic home monitoring at her own expense, and was placed on supervised probation for 10 years.

She received the same sentence on the second charge, to be served concurrently, and was ordered to pay another $500 fine plus $500 in court fees.

Felony drug charge dismissed against Middle Cormorant Lake man

Anton Christian Anderson, 25, of rural Lake Park, has had a felony fifth-degree drug charge dismissed because he met the sentencing conditions of the court.

According to court records, on May 24, 2019, a trooper pulled over his red Chevy Cavalier for tailgating and going 62 mph in a 55 mph zone in rural Becker County.

The trooper smelled unburned marijuana, and a search of the car turned up 24 grams of marijuana in the center console, 6.77 grams of marijuana wax (with packaging) in a container, and five 1-gram containers of THC oil.

Anderson followed the recommendation of a chemical dependency evaluation, paid a $1,000 fine and $1,165 in court fees, served time on electronic home monitoring, and successfully completed supervised probation.

On Nov. 30 the court found that conditions had been met and the charge was dismissed.

Callaway woman sentenced for meth sale

Lori Ann Vasecka, 57, of Callaway, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fourth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Aug. 21, 2018 she was involved in the sale of 3.63 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The sale, for an undisclosed amount of cash, occurred at her residence in Becker County.

On Dec. 10, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Vasecka to 15 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed 15 years.

She was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for nine days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees. She has already had a chemical dependency evaluation, and must follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was placed on supervised probation for 15 years.