Two-time vehicle thief sent to prisonPublished 11:31am Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The target of a January high-speed chase in Austin has been sent to prison.
Duangchan Keobounhmee, 31, of Austin, was convicted of theft and fleeing an officer in a vehicle, both felonies. He was sentenced last Friday in Mower County Court to three years in prison and given credit for time served, according to court records.
An Austin Police Officer spotted Keobounhmee driving a reported stolen vehicle on Jan. 25 and called for backup. When officers initiated the traffic stop, Keobounhmee reportedly wouldn’t get out of his vehicle. Keobounhmee went south on 180th Street at 75 mph, turned onto County Road 4 and went into Freeborn County at 100 mph before turning around and heading back toward Austin.
In all, six Austin police officers and three Mower County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in the chase.
An officer put a spike strip near the county line, which Keobounhmee hit with the driver’s side tires. Keoubounhmee continued at 55 mph, the complaint added, avoided another set of spike strips and eventually stopped at Fourth Avenue and 13th Street Northwest. He refused to get out of the vehicle, so officers forced him from it and had to shock him with a Taser to put handcuffs on him. At the jail, he refused to give his name.
In a December 2012 case, Keobounhmee was also convicted of felony vehicle theft in Mower County and sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years’ supervised probation and 40 hours of community service.
According to the court complaint, Keobounhmee took a 2002 Nissan truck from Rochester to get to Austin but ran out of gas near a rural business on the way. The business owner notified authorities about the man, and an officer discovered the truck was listed as stolen.