Vehicle thief changes plea to guiltyPublished 10:04am Thursday, December 26, 2013
A felon convicted of multiple past vehicle thefts pleaded guilty to another charge of vehicle theft.
Dylan Arthur Leeper, 20, of Austin, pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday in Mower County Court. According to the court complaint, the vehicle owner reported the car stolen from the 500 block of Fifth Ave. NW, Austin, on Nov. 9. On Nov. 10, the owner reported seeing the vehicle in Mapleview.
Police talked to witnesses, who said Leeper fled from the area when they approached the vehicle. According to the complaint, Leeper told witnesses he bought the vehicle several days earlier.
An officer recognized Leeper at a gas station on Nov. 12, called for assistance and tried to arrest Leeper. However, Leeper allegedly refused to put his hands behind his back and tried to get away. The officer eventually sprayed Leeper with a chemical irritant.
The complaint stated Leeper was kicking and spitting, so he was placed in shackles and a spit hood.
Leeper was convicted of vehicle theft after stealing cars in October and November 2011. He also has convictions for third-degree burglary, for which he was sent to prison, theft, fleeing a peace officer, giving a false name to an officer — all within the last two years. Leeper is scheduled for sentencing on May 2.