Man who fled Blaine police sentenced

A 43-year-old man was sentenced July 10 in Anoka County District Court on a felony drug possession conviction.

John Thomas Paciorek pleaded guilty May 29 to a fifth-degree drug possession charge as part of a plea agreement to dismiss another fifth-degree drug possession and fleeing police in a motor vehicle charges, which are all felonies.

Paciorek was sentenced to 120 days in jail, but given credit for 89 days already served. He was also placed on five years probation, must pay $2,290.37 in restitution and was fined $50.

According to the criminal complaint, Blaine Police were attempting to stop Paciorek after 7:30 p.m. April 13 for running two stop signs. He ran multiple red lights and weaved in and out of traffic as he tried to get away.

Police were able to disable the vehicle at one point and ordered him at gunpoint to surrender, but he drove off. He eventually stopped and was caught after trying to walk down an embankment.

Authorities found a glass pipe with white residue in his left picked that tested positive for methamphetamine in his left pocket, and they found 7.5 milligrams of a schedule III controlled substance called Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen in a duffel bag in his vehicle, according to the complaint.

Some terms of his probation are to complete treatment, undergo cognitive skill training and not consume any alcohol.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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