30 YEAR-OLD LEVI SCOTT THATE HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH A FELONY FOR FLEEING A POLICE OFFICER IN A MOTOR VEHICLE AFTER A VEHICLE PURSUIT IN MARTIN COUNTY. THE CHARGE CARRIES A MAX PENALTY OF 3 YEARS AND A DAY IN PRISON AND $5,000 FINE IF CONVICTED ACCORDING TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT. JUST AFTER 5 PM ON MONDAY OF THIS WEEK FAIRMONT POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO A BUSINESS ON FAIRMONT’S NORTH SIDE WHERE A PERSON WITH FELONY WARRANTS WAS LOCATED. WHILE OFFICERS RESPONDED THE 30 YEAR OLD MALE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY STOLE A VEHICLE BELONGING TO A FEMALE PARTY AND FLED THE SCENE. THE VEHICLE WAS LOCATED BY AN OFFICER WHO ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE WHICH THEN FLED WITH OTHER OFFICERS IN PURSUIT. THE PURSUIT LEFT THE CITY LIMITS AND AND TRAVELED EAST ON I-90 AND NORTH ON MARTIN COUNTY ROAD 53 AND THEN INTO SEVERAL FIELDS TO AVOID STOP STICKS THAT HAD BEEN DEPLOYED. AT AROUND 5:45 PM OFFICERS USED A PURSUIT INTERVENTION TECHNIQUE TO END THE PURSUIT IN THE AREA OF 125TH STREET AND 230TH AVENUE IN MARTIN COUNTY.
THATE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE ON FOOT.THERE WERE NO INURIES AS A RESULT OF THE PURSUIT AND MINOR DAMAGE TO TWO FAIRMONT POLICE SQUAD CARS AS A RESULT OF THE INTERVENTION TECHNIQUE. MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, TRUMAN POLICE AND THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL ASSISTED THE FAIRMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT DURING THE CHASE
Nickolas Hans Willer, 30, has been charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of three years and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Willer has also been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine after a police chase on Tuesday afternoon according to the criminal complaint. A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. Willer swerved to avoid the officer and accelerated heavily as he left the populated area of Fairmont into the rural setting. Willer continued, with speeds reaching over 100 mph.
Eventually, the deputy was able to disable Willer’s vehicle.
The officer positioned his squad car in front of Willer’s vehicle. The officer exited his squad car, drew his service weapon and pointed it at Willer, ordering him to show his hands. Willer did not comply and instead exited the vehicle to flee on foot into a field.
The officer released his K-9 dog to purse Willer. Willer attempted to evade the K-9, but was apprehended and arrested. Willer was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont for treatment of minor injuries according to the police report.