Man pleads guilty to fleeing police while on meth

A 22-year-old man admitted guilt Oct. 28 in Anoka County District Court for fleeing Blaine Police in a vehicle while on methamphetamine.

David Edward Dittbenner, Rush City, entered a guilty plea to two felony charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree drug possession. A misdemeanor fourth-degree driving while intoxicated charge will be dismissed at sentencing Dec. 20, court records show.

According to the criminal complaint, a Blaine Police officer just before midnight Aug. 28 ran a license plate check of a Ford Escort that was at the SuperAmerica gas station and when he attempted to stop it, the driver, later identified as Dittbenner, drove south on University Avenue near 117th Avenue, then accelerated and crossed into oncoming northbound traffic around 109th Avenue.

The police was able to run the vehicle off the road and deflate its tires, but Dittbenner kept going until he slid off the road while trying to turn on 103rd Avenue.

Dittbenner did not give up on trying to evade arrest, the complaint states. He put the vehicle in reverse and struck a squad car as officers surrounded him. He drove north on University Avenue in the southbound lane before he was stopped and arrested.

Dittbenner said after he was arrested that he had swallowed two grams of meth while fleeing the officers. He was transported to Mercy Hospital and then to the Anoka County Jail. Authorities found a plastic baggie containing meth in his pocket, according to the complaint.

He was convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance possession January 2011 in Anoka County.

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

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