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Burglary, chase suspect sentenced

Jason Maloney

A 40-year-old Todd County man was sentenced to 28 months in prison for burglarizing a house in Nelson and 13 months in prison for trying to elude officers during a chase in Alexandria last February.

Jason Dennis Maloney of Clarissa received the sentence from Judge Ann Carrott in Douglas County District Court as part of a plea agreement. In exchange for pleading guilty to second-degree burglary and fleeing a police officer, which are both felonies, two other charges were dismissed — fifth-degree drug possession, a felony, and indecent exposure, a misdemeanor.

Maloney's prison sentence was stayed for 10 years, meaning that he won't have to serve the time if he obeys the terms of his probation.

Maloney was also sentenced to 180 days in jail but received credit for the 136 days he spent behind bars while his court case proceeded. He was also ordered to pay $635 in fines and fees.

The sentence lists more than 20 conditions Maloney must follow, including remaining in contact with his probation agent, completing drug evaluation and treatment, not possessing firearms, providing a DNA sample, refraining from drugs and alcohol, and remaining law abiding.

The incident began on Feb. 7 when a teenage girl reported to police that a man was exposing himself in a Ford Explorer in the Alexandria Target parking lot. The girl drove away but the suspect followed.

The girl provided authorities with a license plate number, which matched one given earlier in the day by a man in Nelson who reported a burglary, according to the criminal complaint.

Law enforcement arrived at Target and chased the Explorer onto a frontage road. The driver, later identified as Maloney, went over a curb into the Perkins parking lot, headed north on a frontage road toward Dakota Street and sped across Highway 29 to the frontage road near Walmart.

The chase continued east on Twin Boulevard, into the Menards parking lot and onto South Broadway. The chase ended after a Douglas County deputy performed a pursuit intervention technique, also known as a PIT maneuver.

The fastest speed during the chase was 52 mph.

A Douglas County Sheriff's Office squad car was damaged during the pursuit.

Court records show Maloney was convicted of felony burglary in Todd County in 2015 and has several traffic-related convictions in Todd and Douglas counties.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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