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DL man sentenced for leading deputy on 10-mile chase

Brandon Travis Vogt, 26, of rural Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

A misdemeanor charge of fleeing a peace officer on foot was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 2:08 a.m. on Nov. 30, a deputy at a gas station in rural Becker County heard a vehicle with a loud exhaust system. The deputy saw an equipment violation in the 1998 Subaru Legacy, began to follow it, and saw that it was speeding.

When the deputy activated his emergency squad car lights to pull over the Subaru, driven by Vogt, the car sped up and led the deputy on a 10-mile pursuit.

It ended when Vogt drove into a field and parked near a tree line, then tried to run away. He surrendered when a K9 unit joined the search. There were two felony warrants out for his arrest at the time.

Vogt appeared in court March 28 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 13 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for four years.

He was ordered to serve 119 days in jail, with credit granted for 119 days served, and was fined $500, plus $590 in court fees. Vogt was ordered to abstain from drugs and alcohol, and get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.

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