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Motorcyclist sentenced for fleeing police

A Minot man received a suspended sentence and probation after pleading guilty to fleeing from a Minot Police officer attempting to pull him over in June of last year.

Sayge Donald Weigel, 22, Minot, entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors that was accepted by North Central District Judge Gary Lee on Tuesday. It resulted in the Class C felony charge of fleeing a peace officer-risk of death or serious bodily injury being deemed a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, a MPD patrol officer observed Weigel driving a motorcycle at a high rate of speed westbound on Fourth Avenue Northwest. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but Weigel reportedly began to drive even faster. The officer noted traffic had to pull out of the way to accommodate the pursuit and a child was seen playing on the sidewalk as Weigel was found to be traveling at speeds between 50 and 70 miles an hour. The officer later was directed by bystanders to a nearby residence, where Weigel had parked his motorcycle.

As per the plea agreement, Lee sentenced Weigel to serve 360 days in the Ward County Jail (all suspended), with 360 days of unsupervised probation. Those sentenced to no more than 360 days are deemed to have committed a misdemeanor, provided they fulfill the requirements of their probation.

Lee also assessed $525 in court fines and fees.

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