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Minneapolis man sentenced on obstruction charge

BEMIDJI -- A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation for obstructing the legal process after he was tased for refusing to leave a Bemidji woman’s home.

Donald NegronDonald Fransisco Negron, 25, acquired the obstruction charge in December, several months after he led a high-speed police chase through the Nymore neighborhood. His pursuit charge is still working its way through the system.

Negron pleaded guilty to the obstruction charge Dec. 20 and was then sentenced that same day.  

According to the original complaint, a woman called authorities after finding Negron in her home at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 9. When Negron wouldn’t leave, the responding officer informed him that he was under arrest. Negron fell onto a couch and began thrashing his legs.

The officer warned him that he would be tased if he didn’t cooperate, but Negron didn’t comply. Even after he was tased, it took five officers to restrain Negron.

The complaint didn’t indicate how Negron gained entrance to the home. He also was sentenced to a year of stayed jail time. Essentially, that means he could be required to serve up to the full year of his stayed sentence in the Beltrami County Jail if he were to violate his probation.

Negron also has been charged with fleeing a peace officer, third-degree aggravated driving while impaired, and fourth degree property damage stemming from a high-speed pursuit that took place Sept. 25.

During the pursuit, Negron fled police approximately 14 blocks at 80 mph in the 30 mph zone before crashing into a tree, a parked vehicle and a fence.

A warrant was issued for Negron after he failed to appear at a court hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 8, for the charges related to the pursuit.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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