Tino Rodriguez, 52, of Fargo, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, at 2:21 a.m. on Aug. 20, a White Earth tribal police officer saw him driving a white Jeep Cherokee, with no front license plate, east on Becker County Road 18.

The officer activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the Jeep, which slowed momentarily before accelerating and turning south on Highway 59 in Ogema. The officer activated his sirens and the Jeep Cherokee continued southbound on Highway 59, reaching speeds of approximately 85 miles per hour.

Rodriguez eventually lost control of the Jeep and went into the ditch on Highway 59. He later told the officer he had been “dumb to run.”

On Aug. 20, District Judge Jay Carlson set cash bail for Rodriguez at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, under standard conditions of release, or bond at $20,000 bond with no conditions. His next hearing is set for Sept. 13.

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Rochert man faces felony domestic assault charge

Anthony Britton Nelson, 44, of rural Rochert, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony Domestic assault by strangulation and gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to court records, on June 1, he began hitting a woman while at a residence located on Evergreen Shores Drive, Detroit Lakes. The woman fled the home but fell outside, and he pushed a motorcycle onto her legs. Nelson then jumped on top of the woman, grabbed her by the throat and began choking her.

The woman stated that she could not breathe and that Nelson threatened to kill her. The two share a 4-year-old daughter, who was there and yelled “don’t hit my mom,” and “don’t dad,” according to court records.

The woman was transported to the Emergency Room.

On Aug. 20, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Nelson to appear at a remote hearing on Oct. 21.

Detroit Lakes man charged with being fugitive from justice

Brice Steven Ehnert, 24, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony.

According to court records, on July 22, he was arrested in Becker County and officers discovered that he was wanted on an active warrant out of Spink County, South Dakota, on a fifth-degree drug charge. Spink County confirmed it would extradite Ehnert.

On Aug. 20, he waived his extradition rights and agreed to be transported to South Dakota to face the drug charge.

Waubun man accused of meth possession

Justin Wayne Richey, 45, of rural Waubun, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Aug. 19, he was arrested in a vehicle on a warrant by a tribal police officer.

The officer saw a blue piece of paper on the floor of the back seat where Richey had been sitting that had a white powdery substance on it. Another officer searched the back seat and found a baggie containing about two-thirds of a gram of field-tested meth.

On Aug. 23, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set cash bail for Richey at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, under standard conditions of release, or bond at $20,000 bond with no conditions. His next hearing is set for Sept. 13.

Vergas man accused of possessing baggie of Diazepam pills

Jacob Scott Cooper, 32, of rural Vergas, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and gross misdemeanor DWI.

According to court records, at 12:52 a.m. on Aug. 21, a deputy pulled him over on Highway 34 in Detroit Lakes because his vehicle’s headlights and tail lights weren’t turned on. He and a passenger were arrested on warrants, and a search of the vehicle revealed a baggie of pills identified by Drugs.com as Diazepam, a sedative and anti-anxiety medication. Officers also found two glass pipes with apparent drug residue. He was suspected of driving under the influence, and a blood sample was taken.

On Aug. 23, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set zero cash bail for Cooper, under standard conditions of release, or $12,000 bond with no conditions.