Defendant given two-year sentence after plea agreement

A Minot man has been sentenced to serve two years with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation after entering a change of plea to guilty to charges stemming from a July 2023 pursuit in Minot.

Tylor James Lavallie, 30, Minot, entered his change of plea to guilty to fleeing a peace officer and possession of methamphetamine-second offense, both Class C felonies, and Class B misdemeanor reckless driving, in North Central District Court on Monday.

The plea agreement resulted in the dismissal of Class C felony counts of felonious restraint and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia-second offense; and a misdemeanor count of driving under suspension-fourth or subsequent offense in five years and possession of marijuana-less than half an ounce, which is an infraction.

According to court documents, a Ward County Sheriff’s deputy observed a black Chevrolet Tahoe traveling eastbound on east Burdick with no license plates or visible temporary registration and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle made a turn and attempted to evade the traffic stop, resulting in a pursuit that criss-crossed through east Minot. The deputy observed the passenger front door open and close twice, despite the vehicle reaching speeds near 70 mph.

Spike strips were deployed on Valley Street but the vehicle continued to flee law enforcement before the driver abandoned the vehicle near Corbett Field during an active baseball game. The passenger was able to stop the vehicle and the driver, identified as Lavallie, was arrested and taken into custody. A search of the vehicle discovered a baggie of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Judge Gary Lee sentenced Lavallie for the Class C felonies to first serve two years of a five- year sentence with the DOCR, with credit for 144 days already served and 30 days in the Ward County Jail with credit for time served for the misdemeanor. The sentence is concurrent with two prior dispositions. Lavallie was ordered to complete two years of supervised probation upon release, along with a chemical dependency evaluation. Lavallie was also assessed $1,100 in court fines and fees.


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