A 54-year-old Brooklyn Park man has had prison time stayed and has been placed on probation after pleading guilty in Anoka County District Court to two felony charges – fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and fleeing a police officer.
Scott Patrick Larson entered a guilty plea March 19 to both charges and was given 10 years of probation and was given credit for 33 days served in jail. He must perform 40 hours of community service work a year for 10 years.
Two charges of reckless driving and driving with a suspended driver’s license were dismissed.
While on probation, Larson will have to follow conditions, which include completing drug/alcohol treatment and counseling.
He will also subject to random testing for drug and alcohol use.
According to the complaint, a Ramsey police officer attempted to stop Larson after he drove through a stop sign at Sunfish Lake/Bunker Lake boulevards intersection Dec. 26, 2011 around 1:45 p.m.
Larson accelerated rapidly from the 50 mph he had been driving and traveled north to Alpine Drive, then turned west.
Shortly after turning, Larson threw several white bindles out the driver’s side window.
Larson stopped his pickup truck at the intersection of Alpine Drive and Hematite Street.
Larson admitted to the officer that he missed the stop sign because he was distracted and that he fled because he was paranoid after using cocaine earlier in the evening.
During a search of the area where Larson threw the bindles, officers found three small plastic bindles that contained white substance, which field tested positive for .08 grams of cocaine.
Larson had a 2004 Sherburne County conviction for fifth-degree controlled substance crime and his license had been suspended since March 2011.
Tammy Sakry is at firstname.lastname@example.org