Johnson convicted of both fleeing an officer and DWI

In the Seventh Judicial District Court of Morrison County, Kemp Shane Johnson, 28, Burtrum, was convicted Jan. 30, of one felony count of fleeing a peace officer and one gross misdemeanor count of DWI.

On Nov. 19, a Morrison County deputy was on routine patrol near Highway 115 when he heard squealing of tires. 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, one accelerated, drove into the ditch and then onto Haven Road.

The officer turned on his siren and pursued the vehicle, going sometimes more than 100 miles per hour.

The vehicle suddenly put on its brakes and turned onto Pine Avenue. The deputy had to swerved to miss it.

The deputy had to initiate a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver and the suspect vehicle, driven by Johnson, spun around and came to a stop.

The pursuit covered approximately six miles.

Johnson had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his person. He was unable to or unwilling to perform most field sobriety tests, but the portable breath test came back at 0.21 blood alcohol.

For the felony charge, Johnson was sentenced to 13 months in prison, stayed for three years. He was given credit for the 46 days he spent in jail. He was fined $135 and given three years of probation.

For the gross misdemeanor charge, Johnson was sentenced to 365 days in jail, stayed for 319 days for four years and given credit for 46 days he spent in jail. He was fined $80 and given four years of supervised probation which is to be served concurrent with the felony charge.

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