Shakopee woman sent to prison for fleeing a police officer

A Shakopee woman was convicted in Morrison County District Court April 24 with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Cassandra Rae Beaulieu, 24, was stopped by a Morrison County Sheriff on Highway 27, east of Little Falls. The deputy had received a report from the Little Falls Walmart that two women had stolen two televisions and had fled the area in a vehicle with the license plates numbered 599-GAU.

The deputy, seeing two new televisions in the vehicle, asked the occupants where they were coming from and they had no answer. He then asked the driver for identification and was told she did not have any. She then fled the scene, driving eastbound on Highway 27.

The deputy pursued, and caught up with the two women near Pierz. He observed the vehicle go through a stop sign at 40 miles per hour, turning north on Highway 25 and speeding through Pierz at 80 miles per hour. The vehicle sped up to 110-115 miles per hour and eventually went into a ditch, hitting an embankment and coming to rest about 50 yards off Highway 27. The deputy attended to Beaulieu, the driver, and the passengers until an ambulance and air ambulance arrived.

Beaulieu was sentenced to 15 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee and fined $135.

Dismissed against Beaulieu was one felony count of receiving stolen property. Assistant County Attorney Todd Kosovich said it was dismissed because she was convicted of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.