Rock County man charged with fleeing peace officer in a motor vehicle
Michael Lagg has been charged with fleeing a peace officer, a felony offense, and misdemeanor counts for driving after revocation and reckless driving.
LUVERNE — Michael Lagg, 30, of Luverne, is charged with a felony-level count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in Rock County Fifth District Court following a Jan. 5 incident that began in Rock County. Additional charges include driving after revocation and reckless driving, both misdemeanors.
According to the police report, a state trooper attempted to initiate a traffic stop after seeing the driver of a dark-colored pickup pull out in front of another vehicle on U.S. 75 in Luverne. At the time, the trooper noted that neither the driver, nor the passenger, was wearing a seatbelt.
After activating lights, the trooper followed the vehicle. When the driver didn’t stop, the siren was activated. The driver of the pickup continued down Luverne streets and out of town, reportedly crossing over and riding the center line on several occasions. At one time, the vehicle reportedly reached speeds up to 70 miles per hour on Rock County roads before reaching westbound Interstate 90. The trooper stayed with the pickup as it rode the center line on several more occasions.
As the pickup approached the South Dakota state line, the trooper was informed that stop sticks were set up by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. As the pickup approached the Brandon exit, the driver swerved to the right to avoid hitting the sticks. A second set of stop sticks was set up just past the Veterans Parkway exit, however the pickup exited at Veterans Parkway and proceeded south. The trooper was then advised to discontinue the pursuit.
Later, the trooper identified the driver as Lagg based on several previous booking photos provided by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. The pickup’s license plates showed Lori Lagg as its registered owner. Lori Lagg is deceased.
Lagg was detained in Rock County and an order of release has been filed. Bail was set at $1,000 with conditions met. If convicted, Lagg faces a maximum sentence of three years and one day imprisonment and/or a $5,000 fine. His initial court appearance is set for Feb. 14.