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Northwest Minnesota couple face drug charges after stop in Grand Forks

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news Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

By Stephen J. Lee

Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A northwest Minnesota couple faces felony drug charges in a Grand Forks court after being stopped downtown mid-morning on May 29 and fleeing, according to court records.

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Nick Schouviller, 24, Fosston, Minn., and Peyton Stuhaug, 20, McIntosh, Minn., were stopped in the 800 block of Demers Avenue, based on a witness reporting a “domestic disturbance” inside their vehicle, a police affidavit of probable cause said.While police questioned them, Schouviller, the passenger, ran northwest with two police officers and a couple police dogs on his heels, to the northwest. He was caught a few blocks away.Stuhaug then drove off to the east, but was quickly stopped on the Sorlie Bridge, police said.
Officers reported seeing syringes through the vehicle windows to allow a search. They said they found 100 small baggies of methamphetamine and a scale, among other items.Schouviller and Stuhaug were jailed on charges of possessing meth with intent to make or deliver it, a felony with a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. They also each were charged with possession of meth paraphernalia, a felony with a maximum prison sentence of five years; possession of marijuana paraphernalia, a misdemeanor; and refusing to halt, a misdemeanor.Schouviller appeared in court Tuesday and his bond was set at $5,000.He and Stuhaug are slated for preliminary hearings June 26. Both told court officials they are not working and have small children in their successful application for court-appointed attorneys.
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