Man sentenced in high speed pursuit case

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– A Minneapolis man was sentenced to supervised probation after leading Bemidji Police Officers on a chase through Nymore last fall.

According to court documents, 25-year-old Donald Francisco Negron was charged last September with fleeing a police officer, driving while impaired and intentional damage to property.

Donald Negron, 25. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail

Negron was only sentenced for the fleeing charge, with no additional sentence for the DWI and the damage to property charge was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Negron was the driver of a car that was traveling without any lights on at night, and during an attempted traffic stop, made an abrupt turn, driving over 80 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone.

The car eventually crashed into a tree in a residential yard on Lake Avenue, bouncing and crashing into a parked car and a fence. One was injured, and two others were arrested for fleeing an officer on foot.

Negron’s 21-month prison sentence will be stayed for five years, so long as he follows the conditions of his probation. Negron was also given credit for 132 days served in jail. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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