Man pleads guilty to meth possession, obstructing police

Published 9:24 pm Wednesday, May 17, 2017

An Alden man charged in connection with a short vehicle chase last month that ended near Halverson Elementary School and reportedly netted methamphetamine and items related to a burglary pleaded guilty Wednesday in Freeborn County District Court.

Peter Alan Woollard, 38, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree meth possession and misdemeanor obstructing the legal process.

Court documents state Woollard and Jabar Pedro Morarend, 45, of Albert Lea were charged after a sergeant was informed that Morarend — a level 3 predatory offender — was driving a black van with a revoked license on April 13. After a short pursuit, the vehicle reportedly parked at 1606 Frank Hall Drive — Morarend’s reported address. The pursuit lasted a half-mile.

Peter Alan Woollard

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Woollard reportedly had two knives in his possession, and two large rocks identified as meth were found inside an open cigarette pack. He admitted to being a passenger in the vehicle and obstructing the legal process by swallowing a half of a gram of meth during the incident. He also admitted to having a half a gram of the drug inside the cigarette pack.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 27. He is expected to receive no additional jail time and be placed on probation for up to five years.

Woollard was originally charged with third-degree possession of meth in a school zone, but that charge was amended to fifth-degree meth possession.

Morarend is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

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

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