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Suspect gets probation for fleeing police

A 33-year-old Austin man was given three years and a day of supervised probation for taking officers on a chase while driving an ATV in March.

Joseph Mallan, 33

Jospeh Mallan was sentenced June 16 in Mower County District Court.

According to the complaint, on March 6, Mallan, wearing a red sweatshirt, was observed driving a tan four-wheeler on the 600 block of 11th Avenue Southwest and then through an alley on the 500 block. Mallean was facing a charge of driving after revocation.

Officers caught up with Mallan in the alley but he did not stop and turned southbound on Fourth Street Southwest and eventually turned east on 16th Avenue. Sometime later, a four-wheeler was seen parked in a driveway on the 700 block on 11th Avenue Southwest. Mallan, who had mud on his boots and pants, and spatter on his face, met officers, saying many rode four-wheelers in the area. Officers felt the four-wheeler, which was cold and the mud spatter dried. However, an officer spied a four-wheeler under a tarp through a garage window which, upon inspection, was found to be warm and the mud on it, wet. A red sweatshirt was found nearby.