Only one of two people charged with Class AA felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute made it to their 9:30 a.m. hearings Thursday. The pair were charged with those and other charges on Nov. 8, 2013, following a police pursuit.
Cynthia Elizabeth Altschuler, 34, Minot, made it to her preliminary hearing and pleaded "not guilty" to her charges which also include both Class C felony and a Class A misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Dustin Lee Goettle, 35, Minot, was absent from his criminal hearing. He is also charged with three Class C felonies, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and prohibited possession of a firearm; and two Class A misdemeanors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana by a driver.
According to a police affidavit filed in the cases, a pair of Minot Police Department officers observed a vehicle they believed to be registered to Altschuler but frequently driven by Goettle. While following the vehicle, the officers performed checks that revealed that Goettle was driving the vehicle and that, unlike Altschuler, he had a revoked license.
The driving officer activated the patrol car's lights to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle allegedly did not stop but continued until Goettle jumped out of the moving vehicle and ran on foot until stopped and restrained by an officer.
A Ruger 9 mm pistol allegedly fell from the driver's seat when Goettle exited the vehicle and both marijuana and methamphetamine, along with paraphernalia for both drugs, was allegedly found under the passenger seat occupied by Altschuler.
Her pretrial conference is set for April 2. Goettle, whose location is unknown, has a pretrial date set for the same time but his case is currently listed as "inactive," according to an online records search.