Bovey man sentenced to prison for theft and fleeing an officer

Travis John Severtson, 24, Bovey, was convicted  July 26, in Morrison County District Court with one felony count each of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and the theft of a motor vehicle.

On Jan. 21, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a vehicle pursuit from Aitkin County that was entering Morrison County.

Officers attempted to intercept the stolen vehicle, but learned the suspect had stolen another.

Stop sticks were set up on Nature Road to stop the vehicle. The suspect managed to drive around them and enter the city of Royalton.

From there, the vehicle and police entered Highway 10 and the pursuit continued eastward at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour.

At one point, the suspect smashed into the deputy’s vehicle, attempting to force him off the road. He later stopped in Benton County when he ran out of gas.

For the first count of fleeing a peace officer, Severtson was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and was fined $1,964.61 which included restitution.

For the second count of theft, Severtson was sentenced to 13 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution which is to be determined.

The two prison sentences will be served concurrently.

Dismissed against Severtson was one count each of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first degree damage to property.

Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said the charges were dismissed when Severtson pleaded guilty to the two other felonies.