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Grove City man faces felony charge for fleeing in dune buggy

LITCHFIELD — A 33-year-old Grove City man made his first court appearance Monday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for allegedly fleeing in a dune buggy Saturday evening from a Meeker County sheriff’s deputy.

Jason Allen Paul also faces gross misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired. His bail was set at $6,000. His next appearance is June 19 in Meeker County District Court.

According to the complaint, the deputy was on patrol around 9:30 p.m. Saturday along County Road 3 near Manannah and saw a dune buggy on the roadway without headlights or taillights.

The deputy activated lights and sirens on the squad car to conduct a traffic stop on the buggy. The driver accelerated into the ditch and onto a nearby farm place. The pursuit continued around the farm buildings on the place until the dune buggy came around a silo and stopped because the patrol vehicle was in front of the buggy.

The driver, identified as Paul, showed signs of alcohol consumption and a preliminary breath test showed an alcohol content over the legal limit. He was arrested and a breath test at the county jail showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent. The threshold for impaired driving is 0.08 percent.

Paul has a prior conviction for driving while impaired in 2011.

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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