Driver pleads guilty to fleeing

An Anoka driver who fled an attempted traffic stop by Spring Lake Park Police has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to a felony charge.

Jacob Lee Brown, 20, 643 Harrison St., will be sentenced Aug. 21 after entering a guilty plea last month to a felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle charge. A misdemeanor count of fleeing police on foot will be dismissed at sentencing. He was released on his own recognizance.

The evening of July 3, a Spring Lake Park Police officer clocked a vehicle traveling west on County Road 10 at 64 mph in a 50 mph zone.

But when the officer turned through the median, the driver accelerated rapidly, prompting the officer to activate his emergency lights and siren, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was speeding at 80 to 90 mph on County Road 10 before turning north on University Avenue, then east on 89th Avenue, crossing the center line into oncoming traffic lanes.

The vehicle ran stop signs and a red light at a speed of about 70 mph and when the officer tried a PIT maneuver to stop the car, the driver jumped the curb and made a U-turn back on University Avenue, where it pulled into the parking lot of an apartment building. There it was blocked from leaving by an assisting Blaine Police Department squad.

The car stopped and the driver, later identified as Brown, took off on foot, was told several times to stop and was eventually apprehended after jumping a fence in the backyard of a home on 93rd Avenue.

In a statement to police, Brown said he took off because he had a warrant and alleged he was only going about 5 mph over the speed limit on County Road 10, denying he saw the police squad until the officer attempted the PIT maneuver.

He alleged he was traveling between 25 and 30 mph through the residential areas and possibly 30 mph on University Avenue before turning into the apartments parking lot.

According to court records, a warrant was issued for Brown’s arrest earlier this year for a probation violation on a guilty plea in Anoka County District Court to a gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property charge, for which he was put probation for two years in November.

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