Man sentenced for Hwy. 34 chase that ended in crash near Park Rapids
Brandon Jeffrey Jacobson, 22, of West Fargo, N.D., was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
According to court records, on May 3. a black Jeep with no license plate drove off without paying for $15 worth of gas at Orton’s Audubon BP in Audubon. Deputies caught up with the Jeep at the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 34 in Detroit Lakes but, when they tried to pull it over, the driver fled east through Detroit Lakes on Highway 34.
The Jeep, driven by Jacobson, went through a red traffic light at the Roosevelt Avenue intersection, and passed vehicles numerous times in no-passing zones, on hills and areas with no visibility. It swerved into the oncoming traffic lane to avoid stop sticks laid down at the Hubbard County line.
The chase reached speeds of 100 mph and, for safety reasons, deputies terminated the pursuit as it approached Park Rapids. But officers kept an eye on the Jeep as it turned south on Hubbard County Road 28, and it crashed a short time later on 150th Street near RDO Frozen Co. Inc.
The occupants fled on foot. A perimeter was set up, a K-9 unit and a state patrol airplane joined the search, and Jacobson was found and arrested. He had the Jeep keys on him, and had a glass pipe containing meth. He was wanted on a warrant, had an expired North Dakota driver’s license and no Minnesota license, and video showed him gassing up the Jeep at Orton’s.
On Aug. 23 he appeared before District Judge Grethen Thilmony, who sentenced him to a year and a day in prison, stayed four years.
He was ordered to serve 110 days in jail, with credit for 110 days served, and was fined $1,000, plus $1,180 in court fees.
He must get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and follow the recommendations, including after care. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.
On a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime, a stay of adjudication was issued and the case was continued. He was ordered to serve 110 days in jail, with credit for 110 days served and was placed on supervised probation for two years.
Misdemeanor charges of fleeing on foot, driving without a valid license, theft of fuel, and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia were all dropped in a plea agreement.