A Red Lake woman was sentenced in Pennington County District Court for a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Wendi Lynn Fairbanks, 22, was granted a three year stay of imposition for the charge. Fairbanks was given credit for 38 days in jail. Her sentence is to be served concurrently with another case. As a condition, she was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. Fairbanks was ordered to provide a DNA sample. She was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition or explosives. Fairbanks was ordered to have no contact with people associated with illegal drugs. She was ordered to complete a chemical assessment, obtain employment and obtain a GED. Fairbanks was also ordered to pay $ 210 in fees and fines.

The charge stemmed from a Feb. 26 report of a theft at Walmart, according to the complaint. A Pennington County sheriff’s deputy encountered the suspect vehicle on First Street East. After the lights were activated on the squad car, Fairbanks drove faster and ran a red stoplight at First Street and Highway 59. As she drove past Walmart, Fairbanks exceeded 60 mph in a 40-mph zone. Fairbanks later drove onto Center Street, driving 70 mph to more than 100 mph. The Red Lake Police Department gave permission for the deputy to enter the Red Lake Reservation and continue the pursuit. Fairbanks eventually turned onto 400th Avenue East, traveling past a stop sign at about 80 mph.

Two Red Lake police officers soon led the pursuit. That department had placed stop sticks on the roadway, flattening the front tires and causing the vehicle to smoke. Fairbanks soon stopped and police arrested her with their guns drawn. The Red Lake Police Department arrested Fairbanks since the pursuit ended on the reservation and also due to a Beltrami County warrant. At the time that the complaint was written, a warrant was requested due to the serious nature of the offense and the other warrant.

A Minnesota Felony Sentence of Stay of Imposition is a much better outcome than either a stay of execution or an executed sentence. With a stay of imposition: – You will plead guilty to a felony level offense. However, if you successfully complete probation, the conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.

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