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Lakefield man apprehended Thursday after fleeing officer on foot

LAKEFIELD -- A Lakefield man was apprehended Thursday morning after falsely identifying himself as his brother and fleeing law enforcement on foot. Chase S. James, 33, of Lakefield, has been charged in Jackson County District Court with felony fi...

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LAKEFIELD - A Lakefield man was apprehended Thursday morning after falsely identifying himself as his brother and fleeing law enforcement on foot.

Chase S. James, 33, of Lakefield, has been charged in Jackson County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, gross misdemeanor giving a police officer a false name and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer on foot. The felony-level offense is punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

The charges stem from a James’ encounter with law enforcement around 8 a.m. Thursday due to driving without a valid driver’s license.

According to the criminal complaint, a Lakefield police officer approached James in the 200 block of Bush Street. James allegedly provided a false name, which was later determined to be that of his brother.  

James fled the officer on foot when he attempted to apprehend James, the complaint continues. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and a K-9 were called for assistance to locate James. James was later apprehended at a residence in the 600 block of Chicago Street.

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While the search was ongoing, the Lakefield police officer heard a cell phone beeping from inside James’ parked vehicle. From outside the vehicle, the officer allegedly saw a glass pipe in plain sight, which he knew to be commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. The officer field-tested the substance on the pipe, which allegedly tested positive for cocaine.

According to the Lakefield Police Department’s Facebook page, James’ vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was obtained to search the entire vehicle. That part of the investigation was pending Friday.

In 2013, James was convicted of fifth-degree controlled substance crime in Faribault County.

A review of James’ criminal history indicates he has five criminal cases pending disposition filed from May 2016 to present. The charges range from controlled substances, driving under the influence, convicted felon with a firearm and fleeing peace officers.

James’ bail was set at $15,000 with conditions or $25,000 without.

His initial appearance has been scheduled for May 2 in Jackson County District Court.

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