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By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A Blooming Prairie man has been charged with allegedly fleeing authorities in a vehicle and on foot last May while under the influence of methamphetamine.

Titus John Weedman, 26, is facing a felony count of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle as well as six lesser charges, including fourth-degree driving while impaired and possessing a small amount of marijuana, Mower District Court records show.

Weedman has been summoned to appear in court Aug. 6, according to a criminal complaint filed June 22.

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The complaint alleges that around 11:45 p.m., May 11, a Mower County deputy clocked Weedman driving 71 mph in a 55 mph zone near Mower County Road 1 and 540th Avenue. When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, Weedman allegedly reached speeds of 90 mph.

At the T-intersection of 540th Avenue and Dodge/Mower Road, Weedman drove into the south ditch and into a cornfield, the complaint says. He then turned onto Dodge/Mower.

The chase continued into Hayfield, where Weedman stopped in the middle of a block, got out and ran down an alley, the complaint says.

Within minutes, two more Mower County deputies arrived along with Dodge County and Kasson officers.

After learning that Weedman lived in a nearby apartment, authorities went there and spoke with his wife, who initially said Weedman wasn’t there, but eventually got him to come out, the complaint says.

Weedman, who was covered in sweat and had grass stains, allegedly told authorities he had been sleeping all night.

On June 14, the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reported that a sample of blood taken from Weedman after his arrest showed he had meth in his system.

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