WILLMAR -- Jeremy Chris Flickinger, 26, of Spicer, pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, for fleeing from a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy in a stolen vehicle in July, and for receiving stolen property related to stolen goods found in his home upon execution of a search warrant in 2011.
As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two additional felony charges of receiving stolen property and driving while impaired from the July incident will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 19.
The fleeing charge was filed after July 16, when a Willmar police officer was flagged down by two people near McDonalds on First Street South. The people reported that Flickinger had taken the keys to the Cadillac without permission and then drove the vehicle northbound on First Street. They attempted to follow the car, but then stopped to flag down the officer.
Shortly after midnight, a sheriff's deputy located the car in Spicer. The driver of the vehicle accelerated away when he saw the squad car and the deputy gave chase. The deputy followed the vehicle as it traveled from the intersection of state Highway 23 and County Road 10 to Beach Street, Lakeview Drive and Access Street, into a ditch, and across Highway 23 before striking a tree. The driver then headed south, the vehicle bouncing over the curbs, before coming to a stop along 71th Street.
Flickinger was arrested after a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.119 percent.
He was taken to the emergency room to be examined and refused to submit to a breath test there.
He had three prior impaired driving incidents from September 2007, and January and August 2008. His driving privileges have been revoked since September 2007.
Flickinger and Jonathan Adam Pawlowski, 24, of Randall, are both charged with receiving stolen property in a 2011 case. Pawlowski was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, 162 days in jail, a $1,500 fine.
The charges were filed after the owners of a business along U.S. Highway 12 East reported in January 2011 that someone had burglarized their business and took jewelry, clothing, belt buckles and other items. In March 2011, police received a report from a Willmar business that someone had taken a large number of tools from a job site.
Finally, in April 2011, two citizens reported someone had burglarized their residence along North Shore Drive in Spicer.
Two items, a hammer drill from the job site and a camera from the Spicer residence, had been pawned by Pawlowski at a St. Cloud pawn shop.
A search warrant was served on Pawlowski's rural Spicer residence in April 2011. Located in the home were jewelry, luggage and DVDs from the North Shore Drive residence, valued at $1,005, and a number of power and hand tools, identified as those taken from the job site, valued at more than $3,000.
Based on that search warrant and information from Pawlowski, officers also executed a search warrant on Flickinger's home in Spicer. They located a flat-screen television, DVD player, clothing, jewelry and other items from the North Shore Drive residence. The value of the items was estimated at $1,720.
Also located at Flickinger's residence were belt buckles, hats, rings and clothing from the Willmar business. The value of those items was estimated at $2,316.50.