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Brooten man sentenced to jail for high-speed chase

WILLMAR — Randolph John Douvier, 64, of Brooten, was sentenced Thursday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in connection with a high-speed chase in May.

Douvier was arrested in late May after a chase from Willmar to New London that at times exceeded 100 mph.

In addition to the felony charge, he was sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and fourth-degree driving while impaired. Two felonies, a gross misdemeanor and three misdemeanors were dismissed.

Douvier received a stay of imposition of sentence, which means the felony conviction may be reduced on his record to a misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation.

On the felony charge, Douvier received a 92-day sentence with credit for two days already served. He was sentenced to serve 30-day jail terms beginning July 1, 2019, Dec. 23, 2019, and June 29, 2020. He will be allowed to use community service work to work off his fines and is eligible for work release while in jail.

The court imposed fines and court fees of $190 and restitution of $4,401.47. Restitution payments of $200 a month are to begin March 1.

He was also sentenced to serve 90 days on each misdemeanor, to be served concurrently.

According to court records, Douvier fled in his vehicle after a domestic assault was reported in southeast Willmar. Willmar police pursued him as he fled north on Lakeland Drive to Civic Center Drive and north on Highway 71/23. He was able to avoid attempts to stop him, including stop sticks.

He drove at speeds of 50 to 90 mph in the city of Willmar and exceeded 100 mph on state Highway 23 through Spicer and north to New London. A squad car was damaged in the pursuit. Douvier was stopped when he turned into the Country Stop in New London.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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