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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7:03 am

The Austin man accused of stealing a car and using it in additional crimes was charged with multiple felonies Tuesday in Mower County District Court.

Chad Bruce Sabanish, 37, was charged with aggravated second-degree robbery, simple robbery, theft of movable property, motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, all felonies.

He appeared before District Judge Donald E. Rysavy, and is being held on $75,000 conditional bond. He's due back in court April 28.

Sabanish is alleged to have stolen a black Chevy Blazer on Friday afternoon from an Austin business as the vehicle's owner was putting air in a rear tire.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, the same vehicle and driver were allegedly involved in a gas drive-off at the Kwik Trip on Fourth Street Northwest; hours later, a clerk at the Lake Geo Travel Plaza in Dexter reported being robbed by a man who escaped in a black SUV.

An Austin police officer who was responding to the robbery call spotted the Blazer; he began a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 80 mph.

Law enforcement placed stop sticks in the road in an attempt to disable the Blazer; Sabanish allegedly drove around them.

The chase, which covered nearly 20 miles, ended at the T-intersection of the Mower-Dodge county line when Sabanish reportedly lost control of the vehicle, which ended up in the north ditch. About $220 believed to be from the travel plaza robbery was found in the vehicle.

He was arrested and taken to the Mower County Jail, where he apparently attempted to assault officers at the booking counter. Authorities used a stun gun to subdue him.

Five law enforcement vehicles were involved in the pursuit and arrest; there were no injuries.

A review of Sabanish's criminal history reveals he was convicted Feb. 18 of theft by check, a misdemeanor, and sentenced to 30 days in jail, which were stayed.

Three months prior to that, in November 2010, Sabanish had been sentenced to 60 days in jail after being convicted of misdemeanor theft of movable property. That sentence also was stayed.

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