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Police catch Frazee woman after car goes out of control during chase

A Frazee woman made her first appearance June 2 in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Jody Ann Geis, 41, of 40342 Little Toad Rd., Frazee, is also facing two related gross misdemeanor charges for driving while intoxicated and a misdemeanor count of driving after license revocation.

The charges stem from a May 29 incident in which Geis was reportedly driving drunk on a road near Toad Lake in Frazee. A sheriff's deputy later located her car in the St. John's Lutheran Church parking lot, where she was passed out behind the wheel of a car with all its doors locked and the windows rolled down a couple of inches.

After the deputy yelled at her in an attempt to revive her, Geis sat up, and the deputy noticed she appeared to have bloodshot, watery eyes, and there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle.

When asked to unlock the vehicle, Geis instead started the engine, put the vehicle in gear and drove away, accelerating rapidly. A high speed chase ensued, with Geis driving erratically and her vehicle veering back and forth from lane to lane. After an unsuccessful PIT maneuver, the deputy was able to apprehend Geis when she lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a sharp right turn. The vehicle became stuck in the ditch, at which time Geis was placed under arrest.

After being taken to jail, she allegedly asked to speak with an attorney, but did not call one when given the opportunity. She also allegedly consented to a breath test, then changed her mind and refused a short time later.

Geis's driving privileges had been revoked since October 2010, according to the complaint.

She has been released on $30,000 bond pending her next court appearance, at a June 10 Rule 8 hearing before District Court Judge Joseph Evans.