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Driver allegedly jumps out of SUV as police give pursuit

By Tim Ruzek

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

An Austin man made his first appearance in court Tuesday after allegedly jumping out of a moving sport-utility vehicle he was driving and running from police.

Martin Dorsett, 26, is charged in Mower District Court with a single felony count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle as well as lesser counts of driving while impaired and driving after cancellation.

Dorsett’s bail was set Tuesday at $20,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions, records show.

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According to the criminal complaint, an Austin officer saw Dorsett’s vehicle about 1:45 a.m. traveling with a flat front tire along Fourth Avenue Northwest. His vehicle also didn’t have a rear license plate or a visible temporary tag, police say.

When the officer tried to stop him, Dorsett allegedly turned into the Reeve Chiropractic parking lot on Fourth Avenue and tried to drive away.

Dorsett’s vehicle crossed the center line of a roadway and drove into the wrong lane of traffic, the complaint says, as he stepped from the vehicle and ran.

The vehicle continued slowly on its own into Fourth Street, where another officer stopped the vehicle from causing damage.

Two officers arrested Dorsett in the 500 block of Fourth Street Northwest.

Dorsett, 213 Fourth Ave. N.E., allegedly had a 0.16 percent blood-alcohol content about 2:30 a.m., which is twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The complaint says Dorsett has two prior impaired-driving convictions from 2006 and 2007.

He returns to court March 12.

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