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Defendant appears on high speed chase charges in Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR - Randolph John Douvier, 62, of Brooten, appeared in district court in Willmar on Wednesday on felony charges of fleeing a police officer and terroristic threats for an incident in which he allegedly led law officers on a motor vehicle chase at over 100 miles per hour on Minnesota Highway 23, including the portion through Spicer.

He is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing Oct. 24 on the charges.

The complaint alleges that Douvier fled in his vehicle after Willmar Police responded to a report of a domestic assault in an apartment on the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast shortly before midnight on May 30. The defendant was spotted in his Chevrolet Lumina, and pursued as he returned to the apartment building.

After maneuvers there, he allegedly continued to flee in the vehicle, driving at speeds of 50 to 90 miles per hour in the Civic Center Drive area before heading north on Highway 71/23. Officers pursuing him lost sight of him near the Highway 71/23 split and near County Road 9, where stop sticks had been placed. He was subsequently spotted on County Road 9, and pursued again in a chase that exceeded 100 miles per hour on Highway 23 through Spicer and north to New London.

Officers attempted a maneuver and damaged a squad car at one point before the defendant allegedly turned into the Country Stop, where an officer was able to use his squad car to intercept and stop the defendant. He was tasered twice and did not cooperate as he was arrested, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman said he feared him when he was intoxicated. A breath test at the time of his arrest showed a blood alcohol content of 0.13.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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