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Man faces drug, fleeing charges after pursuit

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WILLMAR -- A 46-year-old Raymond man made his first court appearance Monday on felony controlled substance charges and for fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle for allegedly running from an officer with almost a pound of marijuana in his vehicle.

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Brian Scott Turbes also faces misdemeanor charges in Kandiyohi County District Court of reckless driving and failure to stop. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional bail at $5,000. His next court date is March 23.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy on patrol around 3:30 a.m. Sunday observed a vehicle that didn't stop at the railroad crossing at 75th Avenue Southwest near Raymond. The vehicle accelerated and the deputy followed at speeds reaching 70 to 75 mph on gravel roads. The vehicle turned off onto a non-maintained field road and eventually stopped. Turbes was ordered out of the vehicle and handcuffed.

When questioned, he allegedly admitted to having a small amount of marijuana, 9 grams, which was found in a pocket. Officers also found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine residue.

During a vehicle search, officers found a cardboard box in the bed of Turbes' pickup. The box contained 378 grams of a green, leafy substance that tested positive as marijuana. The vehicle was towed and Turbes was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where a corrections officer found another bag, containing less than 3 grams of methamphetamine, in his pocket.

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