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Worthington man pleads not guilty to high-speed chase related charges

WORTHINGTON -- Marlon Cardona, 20, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to five charges: motor vehicle theft, a felony; theft of movable property, a felony; fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony; reckless driving, a misdemeanor; and duty t...

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WORTHINGTON - Marlon Cardona, 20, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to five charges: motor vehicle theft, a felony; theft of movable property, a felony; fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony; reckless driving, a misdemeanor; and duty to drive with due care, a petty misdemeanor.

In December 2016, Cardona allegedly stole a motor vehicle from the Prairie Justice Center parking lot shortly after being bailed out of Nobles County Jail.


When Cardona was approached by law enforcement, he fled, driving through Worthington, Adrian and Ellsworth and into Lyon County, Iowa, while leading officers on a high-speed pursuit that reached speeds of 125 miles per hour.

Cardona was eventually apprehended after his vehicle spun out of control and rolled before coming to a stop in a ditch culvert.

Cardona pleaded guilty to fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in Lyon County, where he is currently in custody for two years. Cardona’s attorney, Amanda Delaney, asked that the same charge be dropped in Minnesota, as it constitutes double jeopardy.

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Judge Gordon Moore arraigned Cardona on Wednesday and scheduled a two-day jury trial, but said he hoped Cardona's attorney and the state of Minnesota come to an agreement soon.

Cardona will be kept in custody in Nobles County until the parties come to a resolution, after which he could be sent back to Lyon County.

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