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Minneapolis man sentenced in Redwood County court for underage drinking and fleeing police officer

A Minneapolis man was sentenced in Redwood County Court for fleeing a police officer and DWI.

According to court documents, on the evening of March 11, 2020, a Lower Sioux Tribal Police Officer was dispatched to the area of Reservation Highway 4 on a report of a suspicious vehicle. An officer found a vehicle that matched the one reported, driving back and forth across the lane.

When the officer activated his clearly marked squad car’s emergency lights, he witnessed the vehicle stop in the middle of County Road 13. A male got out of the driver’s seat, and another male, Tyler Michael Baumann, then age 20, got into the driver’s seat instead. The officer waited for the vehicle to pull to the side of the road, but instead it took off at a high rate of speed.

After the vehicle turned onto County Road 2, it proceeded eastward in excess of 100 mph. The officer reported that when he was traveling at 115 mph hour, he was still unable to close the distance with the suspect vehicle. At about 10 p.m., the suspect’s car began smoking, with sparks coming from underneath. The vehicle eventually came to a stop near the intersection of County Road 2 and 350th Ave.

The officer observed the scent of alcohol, and a female passenger admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle. The officer had Baumann perform various impairment tests, and a later blood test showed Baumann had a variation of cocaine in his system.

On March 7, Tyler Michael Baumann was sentenced for various charges to a total of 90 days local confinement, stayed 60 days for two years, with credit for two days time served, three years supervised probation and fines and fees of $1,050.

 



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