Man sentenced for fleeing police while on meth

A 23-year-old man was sentenced Feb. 13 in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges for fleeing police in a vehicle while on meth.

David Edward Dittbenner, Rush City, just before midnight Aug. 28, 2013 fled a Blaine officer who discovered that he was driving a stolen car.

Blaine and Coon Rapids police squad cars were damaged during the chase, according to Amanda Vickstrom of the Anoka County Attorney’s Office. Dittbenner must pay the city of Blaine $6,968.74 and the city of Coon Rapids $6,556.19 for damage he caused while fleeing police. He has four years to make these payments, according to court records.

After he was arrested, he told authorities that he swallowed two grams of meth while fleeing police. A plastic baggie containing meth was found in his pocket, according to the complaint.

Dittbenner pled guilty to felony counts of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree drug possession Oct. 28, 2013. A misdemeanor fourth-degree driving while impaired charge was dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea agreement.

Dittbenner was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but given credit for 91 days served.

A 17-month prison sentence was stayed for 10 years if he does not violate terms of his probation, which include completing a chemical dependency evaluation, complete cognitive skills training and undergo random testing to ensure he is not using any alcohol or illegal drugs.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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