Traffic stop uncovers stolen vehicle; Vehicle clocked at 71 in a 55 mph zone

Published 10:22 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

A routine speeding stop in Mower County led to felony theft charges for two out-of-towners.

Dusti Lynn Olson, 27, of Dodge Center and Merrick Michael Jervis, 35, of Bayport were charged with felony theft of a vehicle in Mower County court Tuesday. Olson also faces a misdemeanor charge for driving after revocation.

According to court records, a Mower County Sheriff’s deputy clocked a 2001 Buick Century going 71 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 56 at 8:33 p.m. on Aug. 27 near the intersection of County Road 9.

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After the deputy initiated a traffic stop, dispatch informed the deputy that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The deputy advised Olson, who was driving, and Jervis that the vehicle came back stolen, but they said it belonged to a friend. However, Jervis only knew the owner’s first name.

Olson told officers they were driving to see a friend in Charles City, Iowa, and they couldn’t explain why it came back as stolen and were arrested.

When contacted later, the Buick’s owner said he didn’t know Jervis or Olson and gave police consent to search the Buick.

Officers found several items still with the tags from Fleet Farm — including boots Olson was wearing — which officers suspected were stole. Police also seized a Nook Tablet and a few cell phones.

Olson’s license came back as expired.

Jervis is due in court Sept. 12, while Olson’s next court appearance has not yet been set.