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Driver leads police on chase in mobile-home park

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Alvin Dahle allegedly came close to striking mobile homes and large trees early Monday as he tried to drive away from an Austin police officer while intoxicated.

Dahle, 44, continued driving around the mobile-home park on Austin’s west edge before driving onto a lawn at 3604 First Ave. S.W. and smashing a mailbox, according to a criminal complaint. Dahle allegedly drove through two other nearby lawns and crashed into a stop sign and street light.

After the vehicle slowed to a stop in the yard of 200 36th St. S.W., Dahle ran between mobile homes, but police Lt. Rene Phan used a stun gun to drop Dahle to the ground, the complaint says.

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Dahle, who lives at 207 37th St. S.W. in the mobile-home park, now faces two felony counts of first-degree driving while impaired and a single count of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. He faces a lesser charge of driving after cancellation.

In November, Dahle got out of prison under supervised release after serving more than three years behind bars for a felony conviction of impaired driving in Mower District Court, according to state corrections.

On Tuesday, Judge Donald E. Rysavy set bail for Dahle at $50,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions, records show.

According to the complaint, the officer spotted Dahle’s vehicle about 12:45 a.m. Monday traveling west at 59 mph in a 45 mph area of Oakland Avenue West. Near the Oakland Avenue bridge over Interstate 90, Dahle swerved across the center line, and he wouldn’t stop or slow down for the officer, the complaint says.

Turning onto 37th Street Southwest, Dahle allegedly accelerated rapidly and, at one point, was driving in both lanes of traffic at 40 mph to 45 mph along Third Place Southwest.

About an hour after his arrest, Dahle had a 0.18 blood-alcohol content, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 for driving, the complaint says.

In 2004, Dahle was re-sentenced to serve 42 months — more than three years — in prison for violating his probation for felony first-degree driving while impaired. That was Dahle’s fifth alcohol-related driving revocation since 1994, records showed.

Dahle, who is scheduled to return to court July 17, also had four other revocations for refusal to test between 1989 and 1992.

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