Man sentenced for high speed police chase through East Bethel

A 22-year-old man was sentenced Aug. 23 in Anoka County District Court on a felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle conviction stemming from a February chase in East Bethel.

Bradley Michael Olsen had been accused of stealing a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer from a Bethel woman he had been living with for a couple of weeks in February. This felony motor vehicle theft charge was dismissed at sentencing after Olsen June 24 had pleaded guilty to the fleeing police felony charge.

Olsen was sentenced to one year in the Anoka County Jail, but given credit for 159 days served, according to the court file. A one-year and one-day sentence at the St. Cloud Prison was stayed as long as he does not violate the terms of the five years of probation.

Olsen was also ordered to pay the vehicle owner $4,831.51 in restitution.

Authorities were alerted about the stolen vehicle 4 a.m. Feb. 23, according to the complaint. An Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Olsen on eastbound Viking Boulevard, near East Bethel Boulevard, but Olsen drove away when the deputy from his squad car gave Olsen a verbal command to come out of his vehicle.

A supplemental deputy report in the court file said Olsen was driving between 80 and 110 mph as he fled east on Viking Boulevard, toward Wyoming Township.

Olsen spun out as he attempted to get on to northbound I-35, but deputies had to break a window to get him out because the vehicle was locked and they did not want him to lower a hand to open it.

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

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