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Prison time follows guilty plea in Lincoln chase

Prison time follows guilty plea in Lincoln chase


A Washburn man was ordered to spend 1 ½ years behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from a chase in Lincoln that disrupted a grade school and reached speeds of 47 mph in a 15 mph zone.

Michael Fee, 40, also must spend two years on probation after his release, court documents show.

Fee was arrested Oct. 1 after he tried to flee Lincoln police when they attempted to make a traffic stop. Part of the chase went past Lincoln Elementary School, and Fee’s vehicle at one point allegedly caused damage to a lawn and lawn sprinklers. Police arrested him with assistance from a North Dakota Highway Patrol K-9 unit and airplane.

South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner suspended half of Fee’s concurrent three-year sentences on felony charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing police. Grinsteiner also ordered him to make $1,125 in restitution.

Fee is scheduled for a Nov. 8 change-of-plea hearing on felony drug charges, according to court documents. He also is set to stand trial in January for possession of methamphetamine. Another Nov. 8 hearing will address the revocation of Fee’s probation, which was handed down when he pleaded guilty to drug charges in March. All are Burleigh County cases.

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