County jail time for a 23-year-old man involved in pursuit incident at Beaver Lake. Three months ago, Aaron Peterson, now of Bellevue, pled guilty to operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class IV Felony. The pursuit incident was last October. This week Peterson was sentenced to eight months in the Cass County Jail.
The state remained silent at sentencing as part of the plea agreement which also included the dismissal of three other charges.
The Cassgram reports defense attorney Angela Minahan asked for probation. She said Peterson was working on the motorcycle that day and was testing it out. He then “panicked” when he saw a deputy because his operator’s license was suspended, she said. A pursuit ensued on county and Beaver Lake roads but was called off for safety reasons.
Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier noted that it was Peterson’s passing in a no passing zone that first caught the attention of the sheriff’s deputy. Rehmeier read though a list of several other (mostly traffic) violations and paid special attention to a 2011 incident in which Peterson received 60 days in jail for operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest and attempted obstruction of a peace officer. “This is very serious …it puts everyone on the road at risk,” said the judge before ordering the jail sentence.