Woman pleads not guilty in Albert Lea high-speed chase

Published 10:04 am Tuesday, November 29, 2016

An Albert Lea woman charged with leading officers on a chase that reached speeds of more than 50 mph last month pleaded not guilty last week in Freeborn County District Court.

Dorothy Marie Lund, 69, is charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and two counts of third-degree driving while intoxicated.

Court documents state an Albert Lea officer was heading west on East Main Street at the intersection of Garfield Avenue Oct. 29 when he noticed a damaged vehicle with no passenger headlight and netting dragging beneath a front bumper facing west on East Main Street.

Dorothy Lund

Dorothy Lund

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The vehicle stayed stopped at a green light, and the officer turned around on the vehicle and could not see any movement in the vehicle.

Court documents state the vehicle accelerated after the officer activated his emergency lights, and speeds reportedly reached more than 50 mph in a 30 mph zone.

After crossing the fog line multiple times and approaching a vehicle on the right-hand shoulder, the vehicle reportedly drove away from the officer again, after the officer commanded the driver to roll down the window and not go anywhere.

The chase continued for another two blocks before another vehicle pulled in front of it, forcing it to pull into Casey’s gas station.

Court documents state Lund failed to follow instructions to exit the vehicle and was observed to be unsteady on her feet, having bloodshot eyes and slurred speech.

Lund reportedly admitted to having a couple of drinks and did not cooperate with field-sobriety tests or a PBT test.

She reportedly tested at a .16 blood-alcohol content after she was transported to the Freeborn County jail, according to court documents.

A settlement conference is scheduled for Dec. 28, and a jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 31, if the case has not been settled by then.

Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle carries a maximum sentence of three years and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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