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Court news: Woman sentenced for high-speed chase in DL

Instead of stopping, she sped up through the Cenex parking lot, drove through a grass ditch and out of the parking lot, continuing to accelerate. The deputy followed, and the pursuit reached speeds of 95 miles to 100 miles per hour, according to court records.

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DETROIT LAKES — Kalysta Lee Ann Harrell, 22, of Nisswa, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, on Oct. 29, 2021, a Becker County deputy saw her driving on Highway 34 near Laura Avenue in Detroit Lakes, and tried to pull her over in the Cenex parking lot for a broken taillight.

Instead of stopping, she sped up through the Cenex parking lot, drove through a grass ditch and out of the parking lot, continuing to accelerate. The deputy followed, and the pursuit reached speeds of 95 miles to 100 miles per hour.

After some distance, she violently braked, skidding all four tires to a stop. The vehicle was in a traffic lane, so the deputy conducted a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver and forced the vehicle into the ditch, where it came to a stop.

Harrell denied driving, but squad car video showed her jumping into the back seat, right after the PIT maneuver.

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On July 13, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced her to a year and a day in prison at Shakopee, stayed three years. She was ordered to serve 34 days in jail, with credit for 34 days served, and fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees.

She must get mental health and chemical dependency assessments and follow the recommendations.

Related Topics: BECKER COUNTY DISTRICT COURTCRIME AND COURTSPUBLIC SAFETY
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