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Atwater teen leads deputies on high-speed car chase

ATWATER -- An Atwater teen who didn't want to "get into trouble" for drinking and driving allegedly led Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase -- breaking speeds of 96 mph Feb. 28.Hunter Dean Narragon, 18, has now been charged ...

ATWATER - An Atwater teen who didn’t want to “get into trouble” for drinking and driving allegedly led Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase - breaking speeds of 96 mph Feb. 28.
Hunter Dean Narragon, 18, has now been charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with a felony count of fleeing a police officer and misdemeanors for underage drinking and driving, careless driving and speeding.
Narragon appeared in court Monday.
According to the criminal complaint on the charges, a sheriff’s deputy first caught sight of the vehicle around 2 a.m. while it was traveling north on 191st Street Northeast in Atwater at 65 mph.
He then watched as the vehicle turned west on 30th Avenue Northeast without using a turn signal, before traveling north on 180th Street Northeast and accelerating rapidly to 80 mph.
The deputy turned on his emergency lights, trying to catch up with the vehicle, before losing sight of it, and turning off his lights.
He then observed a vehicle in front of him turn off its headlights, run a stop sign to cross County Road 28, and continue north on 180th Street around Sperry Lake at 86 mph.
Emergency lights reactivated, the deputy continued to follow the vehicle as it turned onto Kandiyohi County Road 2 and sped up to 96 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Court documents say the vehicle eventually came to a stop near 175th Street Northeast, where the deputy identified the driver as Narragon. There was a female passenger in the passenger seat, and several closed alcohol containers in the vehicle.
Narragon allegedly told the deputy that he knew there was a cop following his vehicle with emergency lights on.
The passenger said she had seen the lights prior to their turn on 180th Street.
She claimed to have told Narragon to stop several times, but Narragon had replied he was “trying to outrun law enforcement” because they had both been drinking, and Narragon didn’t want to get caught drinking and driving as he had in the past.
He was transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail, where he had a blood alcohol level of 0.025.
That level is under the legal limit for driving in Minnesota. However, at 18 years old, Narragon has not yet reached the legal drinking age.
Narragon was released from jail March 1 on his own recognizance. His next court hearing is set for May 5.

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