Audubon man doesn't react well when wife is awarded the pickup truck
Jason Lee Peterson, 37, of Audubon has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
A felony charge of first-degree criminal damage to property and a gross misdemeanor charge of violating an order for protection were dismissed in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on July 18 Peterson was seen driving a 2000 GMC Sierra pickup truck in Audubon, which the day before had been awarded to his significant other in an order for protection.
A deputy saw Peterson driving the truck at about 6 p.m. in Audubon and attempted to pull him over. Peterson left the roadway and drove through a yard and then around an apartment complex, eventually jumping out and letting the truck roll into a garage door. Damages were in excess of $1,000.
Peterson fled on foot around the apartment building, and the deputy had to use a taser on him. He fell to the ground but continued to be uncooperative as he was arrested and taken to jail. He admitted he knew he was supposed to turn over the truck on the evening of July 17.
He was convicted of violating a restraining order in 2011.
Peterson appeared in court Jan. 18 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed him on supervised probation for four years.
He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, with credit for eight days served. Work release privileges were granted. He must pay a $1,000 fine, $1,090 in court fees, and $3,580 in restitution.
Peterson was also ordered to abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs, get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations.