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Morrison County Record
Pierz man gets probation for fleeing peace officer, DWI
James Joseph Heinz, 30, Pierz, was sentenced in Morrison County District Court to five years of supervised probation for fleeing a peace officer and five years of supervised probation for DWI.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 13, when a deputy from the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was on a routine patrol on Highway 25, in Morrison County, when he observed a subject vehicle make an unsafe U-turn on the highway. The deputy followed the suspect vehicle and observed it waving within its traffic lane. When the vehicle turned into a driveway, the deputy was able to see the driver and visually identify him as Heinz. Heinz’s driving record showed that his driving privileges are canceled as inimical to public safety.
The deputy activated his emergency lights to stop the vehicle. Heinz drove by the deputy and headed back to the highway. The deputy then initiated a pursuit and attempted a PIT maneuver on the vehicle three separate times, but he was unable to disable the vehicle. At one point, Heinz attempted to ram the deputy’s squad car. Heinz eventually made it to his residence and attempted to go into his house. The deputy directed him to stop, and when Heinz did not stop, the deputy deployed his taser to gain compliance. Heinz was eventually placed under arrest.
Heinz was transported to the Morrison County Jail, where he was read the breath test advisory, and he agreed to give a breath test. The results of the breath test were taken at 1:56 a.m. and showed an alcohol concentration of .16.
After an examination of Heinz’s driving record, it shows that he had previously been convicted for driving while impaired in August 2015, July 2016, and again in March 2022. The three prior convictions enhanced the DWI offense to a felony.