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Man is resentenced for police chase

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

An Austin man who was arrested in May after running away from police and hiding for a few hours in a garbage can will be serving several months in jail for violating probation in another case.

Jeremy James Gilbert, 21, was resentenced May 23 in Mower District Court to serve a 13-month prison term that was stayed for probation in August 2007, records show.

Judge Donald E. Rysavy lifted the stayed prison term on Gilbert’s conviction for felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle and gave him credit for 156 days served in custody, documents show. Gilbert also will serve time concurrently on a lesser count of driving while impaired from the same case.

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Gilbert will serve the term in jail as a short-term offender rather than in prison, records show.

Gilbert led Austin police in May 2007 on a high-speed chase, in which he allegedly rammed his car into a squad during the pursuit that ended in Freeborn County. Two officers used their squads to pin Gilbert’s car and stop Gilbert, who was intoxicated.

Gilbert was ordered to pay $5,763 in restitution to the city, according to records.

In the new case, Gilbert is facing felony counts of first-degree driving while impaired and attempted third-degree burglary after allegedly running from police after being stopped for impaired driving May 2 in southeastern Austin.

Gilbert allegedly later told police he was hiding in a garbage can and smoking cigarettes while watching officers look for him. The homeowners with the garbage can called police after seeing Gilbert get out of it and try to break into their garage.

When arrested, the complaint says, Gilbert allegedly asked police, "Why did it take you guys so long to find me? Ten officers not doing their job, not serving and protecting?"

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