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Woodbury man charged with fleeing police, DWI

A Woodbury man was charged with a felony after allegedly driving drunk and leading police on a brief high-speed chase last month.

David Alan Hoeft, 23, was charged with one count of fleeing police in a vehicle and one count of gross misdemeanor DWI.

According to a criminal complaint, an officer on patrol at 11:40 p.m. Dec. 10 spotted an SUV with one headlight headed northbound on Manning Avenue. Suspecting the vehicle was speeding, the officer gave chase and followed the SUV, which allegedly endangered drivers while making a lane change into oncoming traffic in a no-passing zone.

After the officer activated his emergency lights at Bailey Road, the SUV sped up and reached speeds in excess of 80 mph, the complaint states. The vehicle eventually slowed down and pulled over.

The driver, later identified as Hoeft, was taken into custody at gunpoint by the officer.

The officer said Hoeft was initially uncooperative with identification.

He refused to provide a preliminary breath test, but eventually submitted to one at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Hoeft’s blood-alcohol content was 0.24, according to the complaint.

Hoeft was released from Washington County jail on Dec. 13. He made his initial court appearance on Jan. 2.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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