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Albertson charged with second DWI, felony in chase Sunday

WILMONT -- A high-speed chase ended in a field Sunday with a Bigelow man in the hot seat. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1623558","attributes":{"alt":"Albertson","class":"media-image","height":"292","title":"Albertson","width"...

WILMONT - A high-speed chase ended in a field Sunday with a Bigelow man in the hot seat.
Zachary Heath Albertson, 21, is facing a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He also faces gross misdemeanor charges of operating a motor vehicle under influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration 0.08 within two hours, as well as misdemeanor charges of duty to drive with due care-speed greater than reasonable and careless driving. At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling west on Nobles County 16 while on patrol when he observed a vehicle turn south onto Nobles County 15. While the officer traveled at 55 mph, he observed the distance between his vehicle and that of the other vehicle was growing at a quick pace. Radar used by the deputy confirmed the other vehicle was traveling at 75 mph. Following the vehicle stopping at a stop sign, Albertson took off again at what appeared to be a fast rate. Court documents then say the officer accelerated to 100 mph but was unable to close the distance between the vehicles. The officer proceeded to turn on the emergency lights. Albertson then turned into a driveway on Edwards Avenue along the west side of an acreage before driving into a plowed field. The deputy followed Albertson into the field, where he eventually slowed down and stopped about three-quarters of a mile into the field. Albertson allegedly did not initially comply with instructions to step out of the vehicle. He did comply with the second request, according to the report. Albertson said he had fled after seeing the squad car in Wilmont and claimed he thought he was being followed. He told the officer he had not heard instructions to get out of the vehicle. A preliminary breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration reading of .101. Later, at the Nobles County Jail, a second breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration of .13. While in custody, the report says Albertson admitted to consuming four or five beers. Albertson said he saw the squad car when he was in Wilmont and later got scared after stopping at the stop sign on Nobles County 35. After seeing headlights following him, he “hammered down.” After seeing the emergency lights, he continued to flee because he was scared since he’d been drinking, but did not feel he was over the legal limit. After stopping in the field, Albertson allegedly said, he realized what he was doing was stupid. He told the officer he had hit a bush in the field. Albertson was previously convicted of a DWI in Nobles County in 2013. Albertson is scheduled to appear in district court next week.WILMONT - A high-speed chase ended in a field Sunday with a Bigelow man in the hot seat.
Zachary Heath Albertson, 21, is facing a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He also faces gross misdemeanor charges of operating a motor vehicle under influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration 0.08 within two hours, as well as misdemeanor charges of duty to drive with due care-speed greater than reasonable and careless driving.At approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy was traveling west on Nobles County 16 while on patrol when he observed a vehicle turn south onto Nobles County 15. While the officer traveled at 55 mph, he observed the distance between his vehicle and that of the other vehicle was growing at a quick pace.Radar used by the deputy confirmed the other vehicle was traveling at 75 mph. Following the vehicle stopping at a stop sign, Albertson took off again at what appeared to be a fast rate.Court documents then say the officer accelerated to 100 mph but was unable to close the distance between the vehicles.The officer proceeded to turn on the emergency lights. Albertson then turned into a driveway on Edwards Avenue along the west side of an acreage before driving into a plowed field. The deputy followed Albertson into the field, where he eventually slowed down and stopped about three-quarters of a mile into the field.Albertson allegedly did not initially comply with instructions to step out of the vehicle. He did comply with the second request, according to the report.Albertson said he had fled after seeing the squad car in Wilmont and claimed he thought he was being followed. He told the officer he had not heard instructions to get out of the vehicle. A preliminary breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration reading of .101. Later, at the Nobles County Jail, a second breath test resulted in an alcohol concentration of .13.While in custody, the report says Albertson admitted to consuming four or five beers. Albertson said he saw the squad car when he was in Wilmont and later got scared after stopping at the stop sign on Nobles County 35. After seeing headlights following him, he “hammered down.” After seeing the emergency lights, he continued to flee because he was scared since he’d been drinking, but did not feel he was over the legal limit.After stopping in the field, Albertson allegedly said, he realized what he was doing was stupid. He told the officer he had hit a bush in the field.Albertson was previously convicted of a DWI in Nobles County in 2013. Albertson is scheduled to appear in district court next week.

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