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Man sentenced to 34 months

Nicholas Paul Orr was sentenced to almost three years in jail Friday in Goodhue County District Court after pleading guilty to felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon dating back to an incident in February.

Orr, 28, who received credit for 144 days served while awaiting sentencing, will spend the remainder of his 34-month sentence at Minnesota Correctional Facility–St. Cloud.

Orr was also charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer by means other than motor vehicle and driving after suspension following a chase which left officers searching the area for close to four hours. Those charges were dismissed.

Red Wing police received a tip on the evening of Feb. 3 that Orr was on his way to Red Wing to sell narcotics. Orr had two felony warrants out of Blue Earth County at that time for possession of illegal drugs and possession of a firearm.

Red Wing police located the vehicle described to them by the informant at the Parkway Motel on Highway 61 shortly after 2 a.m. Feb. 4. When Orr noticed an officer on foot behind him, he backed his car toward the officer twice before leaving the parking lot despite repeated attempts to get him to stop, authorities said.

The criminal complaint filed in Goodhue County District Court states that the officer “was certain the driver knew I was the police and he was attempting to run me over with the vehicle.”

Authorities found the vehicle abandoned and running in a snow bank near 319 Hillcrest Drive and a female hiding underneath a deck at that location. With Orr still missing, authorities called in State Patrol Air Support to aid in the search.

Shortly after 6 a.m. officers received a call alerting them of a male fitting Orr’s description who knocked on his door and asked for a ride to Wal-Mart. Upon arriving at Wal-Mart, employees informed law enforcement a male recently left through a fire exit in the back of the store.

Orr was found hiding underneath a recreational vehicle and arrested.

When arrested, Orr’s address was in Zumbrota, but court documents now show him to be from Dodge Center, Minnesota.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRyanRussett


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