High speed chase could result in three years in prison

Kemp Shane Johnson, 28, Burtrum, has been charged in district court with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, one gross misdemeanor charge each of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours and one misdemeanor count of driving after his driver’s license had been revoked.

On Nov. 19, a Morrison County deputy was on routine patrol near Highway 115 when he heard squealing of tires. According to the criminal complaint, he observed two sets of tail lights at the intersection of Haven Road and Highway 115, parked on the side of the road.

As the deputy approached the two vehicles, he activated his emergency lights and turned on the spotlight. The deputy again heard squealing tires as one of the vehicles accelerated, drove into the ditch and then onto Haven Road.

The officer turned on his siren and pursued the vehicle, which sped south toward Little Falls, sometimes more than 100 miles per hour, the officer reported.

At Pine Avenue, the vehicle braked hard and turned. The deputy almost hit the vehicle and swerved to miss it.

Through the residential area, the vehicle allegedly exceeded speeds of 70 miles per hour. It drove onto Riverwood Drive and back onto Haven Road, where it crossed into the industrial park. At that time, the deputy initiated a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver and the suspect vehicle spun around and came to a stop.

The pursuit covered approximately six miles.

The driver, who allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his person, was identified as Johnson. According to the criminal complaint, he was unable to or unwilling to perform most field sobriety tests, but the portable breath test came back at 0.21 blood alcohol.

Johnson was arrested for both fleeing an officer and driving while under the influence.

An examination of Johnson’s driving record showed a prior conviction for driving while under the influence in June and his driving privileges had been revoked.

If convicted, Johnson will receive a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.