A Sauk Rapids man, Nathan Douglas Stange, 40, has been charged with a felony count of fleeing an officer and a DWI charge for an incident in Isle on July 8.
According to the criminal complaint:
On July 8, around 9:18 p.m., Isle law enforcement observed a vehicle with no registration traveling at a high rate of speed near Hwy. 27 and East Superior Street in Isle. The vehicle was traveling 79 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. Law enforcement activated emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle did not stop and began accelerating to high rates of speed in excess of 115 miles per hour.
Aitkin County Sheriff deputies assisted and placed stop sticks at the intersection of Hwy. 47 and 328th Lane to slow the vehicle. The vehicle, with the driver determined to be Stange, went through the spike strips and was located near 328th Ave. with a white pit bull in the vehicle.
The pursuit lasted for approximately ten miles, according to the complaint.
Isle law enforcement arrived on the scene and observed Stange profusely sweating and not comprehending what was being said to him with dilated pupils. Stange began yelling of a pain and asking for his service dog. Stange was then transported by ambulance to a local hospital. At the hospital, Stange refused to take a blood test, but a warrant was obtained to test his blood. Stange was medically cleared and transported to the Mille Lacs County Jail.
The felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle charge comes with a maximum three year jail sentence and/or a $5,000 fine. The gross misdemeanor DWI ( - Refuse to submit to a chemical test; Blood or urine as required by search warrant) charge comes with a maximum of one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.