Jail time follows date night high speed chase in Perham, Minn.
A Detroit Lakes man has been sentenced to six years in prison after taking an Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy on a high speed chase around Perham.
Billie Dale Wooten, 47, was convicted on one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and one count of DWI, both felonies. He was sentenced to 72 months in St. Cloud Penitentiary, with credit for 206 days already served.
At around 2:20 a.m. on Feb. 5, a deputy observed a car driven by Wooten drive through the intersection of Third Street and Second Avenue at around 30 mph, according to a criminal complaint.
The deputy attempted to pull Wooten over, with flashing lights and sirens activated, but Wooten continued at a high rate of speed. During the chase, Wooten blew through a stop sign and continued on through the downtown area traveling around 60 to 70 mph, according to the complaint.
Continuing to gain speed, Wooten pulled ahead of the deputy, with speeds around 80 mph. The chase continued on Hwy 8, where Wooten jumped a median near a curve and landed in a snow bank on Frontage Road.
When the deputy approached the vehicle, he noticed a woman in the passenger's seat, a strong smell of alcohol and witnessed Wooten slurring his speech.
The woman's face was bleeding from the accident. She told law enforcement that Wooten had thrown the keys in the snow bank after the crash. She also said she was on a date with Wooten.
When law enforcement attempted to transport Wooten to the Perham Emergency Room, he put up a struggle, both in the car and while a sample of blood was being drawn.
Court documents indicate Wooten was previously convicted of a felony DWI in 2002 and his driver's license was canceled.
Blood samples taken at the hospital indicated he had an alcohol concentration of .20 an hour after the incident.