Little Falls man charged with fleeing a peace officer

Dustin Dean Quirk, 20, Little Falls, was charged Nov. 2, with  one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, one gross misdemeanor count of driving an uninsured vehicle and one misdemeanor count of driving after revocation by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On Nov. 1, Little Falls police officers witnessed a vehicle drive through a stop sign without stopping. They activated the squad’s emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The driver made no attempt to slow down and allegedly appeared to increase in speed. The vehicle was followed into the Falls Mobile Home Park where the officers conducted a felony traffic stop.

The occupants were ordered out of the vehicle and the driver was identified as Quirk. He was placed under arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, Quirk said he saw the officer’s squad car parked near the intersection that he drove through. He allegedly said he kept going to get his passenger home plus he did not think there was insurance on the vehicle.

Quirk also allegedly admitted not having a driver’s license which was another reason he did not stop.

An examination of Quirk’s driving record confirmed his driving privileges had bee revoked. He was previously convicted March 2011, April 2011 and March 2012, of driving without insurance

If convicted, Quirk faces a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine.