Smith charged with fleeing a peace officer, a felony

Dana William Smith, 36, Little Falls, was charged April 2 with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer, two DWI misdemeanor counts and one misdemeanor count of driving after revocation.

On March 31, Little Falls police officers responded to a call from a woman who wanted her former boyfriend, Smith, removed from her residence. When they arrived at the scene, Smith allegedly appeared intoxicated. He was told to leave and did so on foot.

One of the officers later received a report that Smith had returned to the scene, got into his a vehicle and drove away. Believing he was intoxicated, the officer located Smith and pulled him over.

When the officer asked Smith to step out of the vehicle, Smith allegedly said “No,” and drove away at a high rate of speed onto Highway 10. Traveling at 80 miles per hour, officers used a pit maneuver to stop Smith’s vehicle. He was placed under arrest for fleeing.

Smith performed poorly on the field sobriety tests and a blood draw was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for further testing.

An examination of Smith’s driving record showed his driving privileges had been revoked.

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

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