Becker County Court news: Detroit Lakes man sentenced after eviction attempt goes bad
The defendant struck the man with his pickup truck, pinning him for about four seconds between the truck and the rear of a parked Ford Escape. Then he backed out of the driveway and took off on Highway 10.
DL man sentenced for hitting, pinning man with pickup
Jeffrey Allan Meyer, 57, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony failing to stop after a traffic collision.
Felony first- and second-degree assault charges were dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, Meyer worked for a property manager and on Friday, July 17, 2020, he went to a house on Oxcart Trail and told the couple who live there that they had to be out of the house by noon on Monday, July 20.
He came back on July 20 and tried to get into the house, but the man who lives there stopped him and they ended up in a shoving match as the man demanded that Meyer leave.
Meyer got back into his pickup truck and the man slapped the driver’s side mirror, breaking it. Meyer had backed down the driveway about 15 feet, but after the mirror broke, he drove right at the man, who was running for the house.
Meyer struck the man with his pickup truck, pinning him for about four seconds between the truck and the rear of a parked Ford Escape. Then he backed out of the driveway and took off on Highway 10.
Officers found the man bleeding heavily from his left leg from a “gruesome” gash, several inches long, wide, and deep that showed bones and muscle inside. There was a long trail of blood down the driveway.
Officers went to Meyer's house and he confirmed he had been to the Oxcart Trail residence and had an altercation there. The red pickup truck parked behind Meyer’s residence had visible damage and dried blood on the bumper.
The victim suffered broken bones, nerve damage and other serious injuries that required a half-dozen surgeries at a Fargo hospital, according to the amended criminal complaint.
There was a great deal of legal maneuvering prior to the plea agreement, including an unsuccessful motion to dismiss, and legal battles over several issues.
On April 27, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz followed the terms of the plea agreement, stayed imposition of sentence, and placed Meyer on supervised probation for four years. He was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, with credit for three days served. Work release privileges were granted. He was fined $750 plus $825 in court fees.
Report of driver chasing woman in field leads to drug sentence
James Allen Kier, 53, of rural Waubun has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on March 6, 2021, a White Earth police officer responded to the report of a man chasing a woman in a field with a vehicle. The officer found the vehicle and identified the driver as Kier.
The officer saw numerous drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle, including microbaggies in the center console cup. The vehicle was searched, and 14.3 grams methamphetamine and 4.4 grams of fentanyl were found.
Kier was arrested and taken to jail. The woman mentioned in the initial report was found and transported back to the scene.
She was identified as Christina Mae Jackson, 32, who said Kier had not been trying to run her over, but she had left the vehicle after an altercation. She asked for her two bags that were in the backseat of Kier’s vehicle. Inside Jackson’s bag, officers found 1.3 grams of meth. She was also charged in the incident.
On April 27, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced Kier to 33 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years.
He was ordered to serve 50 days in jail, with credit for 50 days served, and was fined $700 plus $850 in court fees. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.
Audubon woman sentenced for meth, DWI
Tina Marie Keene, 42, of Audubon has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, at about 2:15 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2021, a deputy found Keene sleeping behind the wheel of a running vehicle parked on Dakota Street in Callaway. Field sobriety tests indicated she was under the influence of a controlled substance.
Keene admitted to using methamphetamine earlier in the day and was arrested. A search of her vehicle revealed 7.34 grams of meth, with packaging. A sample of her blood was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.
On May 2, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed adjudication and continued the case.
Keene was ordered to serve two days in jail, with credit for two days served. She was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees and ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was placed on supervised probation for five years.
She was also sentenced on a misdemeanor DWI charge to 90 days in jail, with 88 days stayed for two years and credit for two days served. She was fined $500 plus $600 in court fees and placed on supervised probation for two years.
Probation extended again for former Waubun man
Jerry Anthony Crawford, 49, of Alexandria (formerly of rural Waubun) has had his supervised probation extended in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, on Jan 28, 2009, police received a complaint that Crawford had taken check blanks and forged multiple checks between September 2009 and January, totaling $8,905. The checks belonged to a woman that had been both his employer and roommate.
Last year, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Crawford to 13 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 10 years. He was ordered to serve 128 days in jail, and was fined $50 plus $210 in court fees and ordered to pay $12,900 in restitution.
On April 26, he was ordered to stay on supervised probation at least one more year, until April 27, 2023.