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Spicer man faces felony for stealing vehicle

WILLMAR -- Jeremy Chris Flickinger, 25, of Spicer, made his first court appearance Tuesday on four felony charges for allegedly stealing a Cadillac in Willmar on Sunday and fleeing a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy in Spicer before finally crashing the vehicle into a tree.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 in the court file alleging that Flickinger stole the 1998 Cadillac and at $50,000 in the file that includes three charges for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and first-degree driving while impaired.

Flickinger's next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is July 30.

According to the complaints, the incident began late Sunday 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 travelled from the intersection of Highway 23 and County Road 10 to Beach Street, Lakeview Drive and Access Street, into a ditch, 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. He was taken to the emergency room to be examined and refused to submit to a breath test there.

He has three prior impaired driving incidents from September 2007, and January and August 2008. His driving privileges have been revoked since September 2007.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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