Probation for Anoka man who pleaded guilty to fleeing police

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 and been placed on probation for three years and one day.

Jacob Lee Brown, 20, 643 Harrison St., entered a guilty plea in July to a felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle count and at sentencing Aug. 21, he was jailed for 64 days with credit for 43 days already served and ordered to perform an indeterminate amount of community service work in lieu of a $300 fine.

Probation conditions include completing treatment and aftercare, random urinalysis and breath testing on demand at his own expense, attending 12 straight weeks of Alcoholics Anonymous, supplying a DNA sample and no possession or use of alcohol or drugs.

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, denying he saw the police squad until the officer attempted the PIT maneuver.

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 2011.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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