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Albert Lea man gets stayed sentence, probation for odd chase

WILLMAR -- Roel Gallardo, 32, of Albert Lea, was sentenced Tuesday to 19 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation and a total of $1,550 in fines for fifth-degree drug possession and liability for crimes of another - assault of a peace officer. The conviction stems from a December 2006 incident in which a police officer was nearly hit by a fleeing car.

The sentence, handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, also orders Gallardo to serve 180 days in the county jail as a condition of the stayed sentence. He was given credit for 80 days already served.

He must also complete a chemical dependency evaluation.

The char-ges, along with felonies for liability for crimes of another - second-deg-ree assault with a dangerous we-apon and for fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, were filed after a Dec. 15 incident that started with an officer attempting to arrest another man on an outstanding warrant in Regency Estates East.

According to court files, Gallardo was arrested for providing the officer with false information but pulled away from the officer and ran between two trailers. The officer followed Gallardo, eventually shooting him with a stun gun.

After being struck by the stun gun, Gallardo again fled the officer, this time running into a trailer.

According to the complaint, as the officer followed him into the trailer, the officer was grabbed from behind by Francis Molina, 25, of Bricelyn. The officer was able to get away from Molina.

Shortly after, Gallardo and a woman fled the trailer and got into a car driven by Molina. Gallardo was again struck with a stun gun before diving into the back of the car.

As the car drove away, another officer attempting to stop the vehicle was forced to dive away from it. Gallardo was heard telling the driver to run the officer over.

The car was stopped by another officer shortly after leaving the trailer park. Gallardo was then arrested. Around 230 grams of marijuana was found in the car.

For his role in the incident, Molina was sentenced to 365 days in jail, of which 317 days were stayed, plus three years of probation and a $1,000 fine. He was also ordered to obtain a GED before being released from probation.

The sentence was for fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and fourth-degree assault of an officer.