Man sentenced for fleeing police, DWI

A Brooklyn Center man was sentenced April 3 in Anoka County District Court after pleading guilty to charges of driving drunk while fleeing a police officer.

Troy Gabriel Melton, 43, had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.230 after police were finally able to stop him following a Nov. 24, 2011 early morning chase through Ham Lake.

Melton pleaded guilty Jan. 14 to a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree DWI. Another misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI charge was dismissed.

Court records indicate that Melton was at the Anoka County Jail for 76 days. Anoka County District Court Judge Kristin Larson ordered him to serve another seven days behind bars. He is also facing a $500 fine or an indeterminate amount of community service hours. In addition, he will be on probation for the next three years.

According to the criminal complaint, a caller alerted the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office at 3:52 a.m. Nov. 24, 2011 that there was a possible drunk driver in the area of Highway 65 and Constance Boulevard in Ham Lake. A deputy found a vehicle matching the description and tried to stop the vehicle after observing suspicious driving.

Melton did not stop his pick-up truck and turned onto 143rd Avenue, traveling at speeds of 25 to 35 mph. He then turned on 141st Lane, where he ran off the road and hit a mailbox. Melton still did not stop, so the deputy performed a maneuver to halt the truck, according to the complaint.

Melton failed the field sobriety tests and blew a 0.230 BAC on the preliminary breath test. He then agreed to take a Breathalyzer test after he was arrested and taken to jail. He blew a 0.19 BAC on that test.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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