Man gets 8 months for being a pretend deputy

Published 9:23 am Wednesday, August 21, 2013

He attempted to pull 2 girls over

A Northwood man on Monday was sentenced to 240 days — about eight months — in the Blue Earth County jail for chasing two teenage girls off a road, threatening them and then ordering them to the ground — all while pretending to be a deputy.

Dylan James Kroupa, 20, will serve 120 days each on two felony counts of false imprisonment tied to the incident on Nov. 5, 2011.

Two charges of second-degree assault and one charge of impersonating an officer were dismissed.

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Court documents stated the two girls had been riding in an ATV along state Highway 22 south of Mankato when Kroupa, in a black GMC Denali, pulled into a field approach in front of them.

The girls drove the ATV around the vehicle and then into a field, after which Kroupa began chasing them, reaching speeds as high as 60 mph, according to the court file. When the girls reached a grove of trees and were forced to stop, they got off the ATV and began to run into the woods. At that point, Kroupa got out of the vehicle and started yelling at them, telling them he had a gun and ordering them to the ground, the court record continues. The girls told police they believed Kroupa was a deputy after he told them he was one and that he had a weapon and a walkie-talkie.

One of the girl’s mothers ultimately called authorities.

Blue Earth County District Court Judge Bradley Walker ordered Kroupa receive credit for 80 days already spent in jail on one count and 55 days on the other count.

The judge also ordered Kroupa complete a psychological evaluation and register as a predatory offender.

He will be on supervised probation for three years after he is released from jail.