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One charged for fleeing officer

A 57-year-old Hastings man, Jeffrey Michael Pearson, faces charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and second-degree driving while impaired (test refusal) after a Feb. 10 incident in Hastings.

According to the criminal complaint, a Hastings Police officer was traveling west on Fifth Street when he observed another vehicle. He observed that the vehicle failed to make a complete stop and almost hit a parked car before correcting. The officer followed the vehicle and activated his squad car’s emergency lights, but the other vehicle did not stop. The vehicle continued on West Fifth Street, turned around in a cul-de-sac and drove the opposite direction of the police car. Eventually, several other police cars responded and blocked the road, causing the driver to stop the car. The driver was identified as Pearson.

Pearson had difficulty performing field sobriety tests and requested to speak with an attorney. He failed to reach one.

After waiving his rights to remain silent, Pearson said he knew a police car was behind him. He said he had consumed some beer and wanted to get home.