Man gets prison for fleeing deputies

Published 8:26 am Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Kevin Ray Schmoll, 62, of Taopi was sentenced on Thursday in Mower County District Court to 19 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He received a concurrent sentence of 35 days in jail for gross misdemeanor DWI-under the influence of a controlled substance. He received credit for five days served.

Kevin Ray Schmoll, 62

Judge Jeffrey Kritzer issued the sentences.

A charge of felony first-degree DWI-refusal to submit to a chemical test was dismissed at the sentencing as part of a plea agreement.

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Schmoll was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct. 14, 2016, after fleeing from deputies in LeRoy Township. A deputy observed Schmoll’s vehicle braking erratically and accelerating. When the deputy tried to make a traffic stop on 130th Street, Schmoll accelerated and tried to flee. A second deputy joined the chase after Schmoll passed him going the opposite way. Schmoll drove his vehicle into the driveway of a house in the 74000 block of 130th Street and stopped behind the house. The deputies then arrested him at gunpoint.

Schmoll failed several field sobriety tests and told the deputies he had used methamphetamine the day before.

Schmoll has prior convictions for DWI, fleeing a peace officer, and drug and weapon possession.