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Duane Bessler's 50-acre field was full of deep ruts after a high speed chase took a turn through his farmyard in the summer of 2009. Bessler was awarded $2,732 in restitution Monday by a district court judge. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Man sentenced for high-speed chase near Lake George

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A Hubbard County farmer will get his ruined 2009 crop field reimbursed by the career criminal who led a posse of squad cars on a high speed chase through it early one summer morning.


Duane Bessler, wife Kristi and family were jolted out of bed at 2:30 a.m. June 26, 2009, when David Michael Lee, now 52, and a companion roared through Bessler's newly seeded clover, alfalfa and wheat field near Lake George at speeds reaching 105 mph in a stolen pickup truck.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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