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Man sentenced to prison for drug, impaired-driving crimes

By Janice Gregorson

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

A Rochester man has been ordered to serve more than nine years in prison on drug and impaired driving charges.

Shawn Jason Meyers, 30, was sentenced Sept. 17 by Judge Debra Jacobson to 114 months in prison on a first-degree drug conviction and 72 months in prison on a felony driving while impaired charge, to run concurrently. He received credit for 310 days served in jail.

Meyers was charged in February 2007, less than a year after being arrested in another incident in which a Rochester police officer fired shots after being dragged by a vehicle.

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The new complaint charged Meyers with three felony counts and two gross misdemeanos. He pleaded guilty July 8 to first-degree sale of drugs and felony driving while under the influence of methamphetamine.

Authorities saw Meyers driving, even though his driving privileges had been canceled. A deputy said Meyers was driving 80 mph in a 40 mph zone. He was arrested when he pulled into a convenience store lot. Officers found $5,700 in cash in his pants pockets and suspected he was under the influence of a drug.

Meyers was taken back to his residence to speak with his probation officer. His residence also was searched. In a heat vent in the bedroom, deputies found a plastic bag containing three other plastic bags containing methamphetamine, the complaint said. Child protection officers were called to take custody of Meyers’ 5-year-old son.

In August 2006, Meyers was sentenced for fleeing a peace officer and driving while impaired. Those charges stemmed from an incident months earlier in which an officer was allegedly dragged and then fired shots to get the fleeing vehicle to stop. In 2001, Meyers was sentenced to 5-1/2 years in prison for attempted first-degree controlled substance crime involving the theft of anhydrous ammonia to make methamphetamine.

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