Mahaffey faces felony for fleeing a peace officer

Brennan Tomas Mahaffey, 36, Little Falls, was charged Jan. 7 with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

When a Minnesota highway patrol officer observed a vehicle weaving on westbound Highway 10 over both the center line and the fog line, he activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, the vehicle accelerated rapidly to about 95 miles per hour.

The suspect exited Highway 10 onto County Road 13 and, according to the criminal complaint, applied his brakes very hard in what appeared to be an effort to cause the trooper to crash his squad car.

The suspect turned south onto County Road 13, not stopping for the stop sign. The trooper employed a pursuit intervention technique and rotated the suspect’s vehicle into the snow-covered west ditch.

The driver was identified as Mahaffey. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle. She allegedly told the trooper Mahaffey had said he was not going to stop and that she had asked him repeatedly to do so.

Mahaffey was placed under arrest for fleeing in a motor vehicle. While at jail, he allegedly claimed to not remember the incident.

If convicted, Mahaffey faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.