Albert Lea man gets probation for 115 mph police chase

Published 11:00 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017

An Albert Lea man who led officers on a chase that reached speeds of 115 mph in May was placed on supervised probation for three years and one day Thursday in Freeborn County District Court.

William Michael Oleson Jr.

William Michael Oleson Jr., 30, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty in July to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor giving false information to a peace officer. He was sentenced to nearly 1 1/2 years in prison, which was stayed for four years. He was given credit for 103 days served.

Court documents state on May 19, Oleson reportedly drove on South Broadway Avenue at speeds approaching 94 mph, passed a car at 85 mph in a 30 mph zone, passed under Interstate 35 at more than 90 mph while a semi approached a stop sign and failed to stop for numerous stop signs during the chase, which began as a traffic stop.

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Court documents state Oleson was able to evade stop sticks twice, and an Albert Lea officer at one point had to make an evasive maneuver for safety.

The chase allegedly lasted 40 minutes, covered approximately 47 miles in Freeborn County and went through Albert Lea, Glenville, Hayward and Emmons. Stop sticks deployed by officers reportedly ended the pursuit a short distance later west of Emmons. Oleson had a .065 blood-alcohol content after he arrived at the Freeborn County jail.   

Oleson was sentenced to 90 days in jail and given credit for 90 days served for giving false information to a peace officer.

In a separate file, Oleson was placed on unsupervised probation for two years and sentenced to 180 days in jail for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. He was given credit for 110 days served and 70 days were stayed.

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