Man charged with DWI, leading deputy on high-speed chase in county

Published 10:56 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2017

An Oakland man who was allegedly intoxicated when he led officers on a vehicle chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph Monday morning was charged later that day in Freeborn County District Court.

Jason Steven Allen, 35, was charged with felony first-degree driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 within two hours, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation.

Jason Steven Allen

Court documents state Allen was charged after a Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputy traveling south on Freeborn County Road 34 a little after midnight saw a speeding vehicle with a driver’s side headlight that was not working.

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After the deputy reportedly caught up to the vehicle and activated his emergency lights, the vehicle accelerated, turning west on 170th Street and striking a deer. Court documents state the vehicle continued, traveling 75 to 80 mph on gravel and more than 100 mph on Freeborn County Road 19.

The vehicle reportedly continued to evade the deputy, making multiple turns onto different roads, before going into the ditch on the south side of 190th Street. Allen allegedly exited the vehicle and ran toward a corn field, but was caught and arrested before he entered the field.

Court documents state a “strong odor of an an alcoholic beverage,” was noticed on Allen, and his eyes were described as “watery and bloodshot.”

He reportedly had a .10 blood alcohol content at 1:43 a.m. that morning.

Allen was convicted of felony refusal to submit to a chemical test in October 2007, and his license was reportedly canceled at the time of the incident.

District Court Judge Steven Schwab set unconditional bail at $100,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday. 

First-degree DWI carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.

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

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