Man sentenced in chase that ended near elementary school

Published 10:00 pm Friday, September 29, 2017

A man charged in connection with a short vehicle chase in April that ended near Halverson Elementary School was placed on supervised probation for up to five years on Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

Peter Woollard

Peter Alan Woollard, 38, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree meth possession and misdemeanor obstructing the legal process in May. He was sentenced to 36 days in jail, and he was given credit for 36 days served.

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Court documents state Woollard and Jabar Pedro Morarend 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. A short pursuit reportedly ensued.

Woollard reportedly had two knives in his possession, and two large rocks identified as meth were found inside an open cigarette pack. He admitted in May 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.

Morarend pleaded not guilty to fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in July in connection with the case. A jury trial is expected to begin Oct. 10.

Morarend is charged with burglary and operating a vehicle without an owner’s consent in Worth County. As of Friday morning, a warrant was out for Morarend’s arrest in Worth County for failing to appear.

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