DWI suspect who allegedly fled officer charged

Published 8:55 am Monday, July 9, 2012

A rural Austin man who allegedly fled police while drunk was charged Friday in Mower County Court.

Tony Michael Bell, 24, was charged for fleeing a police officer, a felony, and two counts of gross misdemeanor DWI. He also faces charges for misdemeanor speeding and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

An Austin police officer arrested Bell after a high-speed chase around 1 a.m. Friday, July 6. The officer followed Bell north of Austin on County Road 25 after he clocked Bell’s truck going 77 mph in a 40 mph zone. When the officer turned his lights on, Bell allegedly sped up to 92 mph and eventually turned his lights off, as well. The officer saw Bell turn down a gravel drive and park behind a shed, where the officer followed and arrested him. After Bell stopped, he didn’t resist arrest. Bell’s breath test showed a .16 blood-alcohol content; and according to the court complaint Bell has previously been convicted of fourth- and third-degree DWI.

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Bell’s next court appearance is set for July 19.