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2 guilty pleas entered in deputy stabbing case

A Vergas man accused of stabbing an Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to two felony accounts of assaulting and fleeing a peace officer.

On July 8, Jacob Taylor Pierce led the deputy on a high-speed chase near the Pelican Rapids airport. Reaching speeds of 100 mph, Pierce eventually crashed his vehicle, according to court documents.

When the deputy approached, Pierce exited his vehicle with his hands up, and then laid on the ground with his hands stretched out and raised. When the deputy moved toward him, Pierce grabbed him by the thigh, causing the deputy to experience pain to his leg.

After struggling with Pierce, the deputy was able to move him into the back of the squad car. A small knife-like object was found on Pierce. The deputy later discovered cuts to the back of his thigh, caused by Pierce.

It was determined that Pierce was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Pierce is scheduled in Otter Tail Court March 23 for his sentencing with Judge Mark Hansen.