An Olivia man made his first court appearance Monday on a felony
charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for allegedly
fleeing from a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy on Saturday through
soybean fields near Atwater at speeds of 40 to 50 mph.
The West Central Tribune reports unconditional bail for
44-year-old Gregory Dean Roush was set at $20,000. His next appearance
is Aug. 5. Roush also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of driving
after cancellation – inimical to public safety.
According to the complaint, a license check showed the owner of
the vehicle had a suspended license. When the officer attempted to
make a traffic stop, the vehicle slowed and the deputy was about to
exit the squad car when the vehicle sped away.
The vehicle went onto a driveway, almost hit two people, and then
traveled into a soybean field at speeds of 45 to 50 mph before turning
back onto the driveway, going over Highway 12 and into another soybean
field on the south side of the roadway. The deputy, who pursued with
lights and sirens, estimated that the vehicle traveled 300 yards in
the first bean field and between 500 and 600 yards in the second
field. The pursuit ended when the vehicle got stuck in the ditch while
attempting to get back onto Highway 12.
The deputy approached the vehicle with his firearm drawn and
pulled Roush out of the vehicle after Roush failed to comply with
multiple commands. He threw his keys at the deputy and said, “I don’t
know why you are pulling me over. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Roush continued to not cooperate and was handcuffed by other
responding deputies. There were many unopened bottles of beer and an
unopened bottle of liquor in the vehicle. Roush refused a preliminary
breath test, but allowed another field sobriety test, which showed no
clues of intoxication.