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Man sentenced for mobile meth lab & pursuit

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A man who tried to dispose of a mobile methamphetamine lab while eluding law enforcement on a high speed chase has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.


South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen sentenced David Pankowski, 27, to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, second conviction. Jorgensen also sentenced him to one year, to be served concurrently, for fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer.


Pankowski, who pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday, will get credit for 156 days previously served on the charge. Two counts of reckless endangerment were dropped as part of a plea agreement.


Pankowski was arrested Oct. 17 after leading police on high speed chase through a construction zone on Highway 83. Deputies and highway patrol troopers had tried to pull him over after receiving complaints about a vehicle driving erratically and not letting other vehicles pass.


Officers used spike strips to blow out Pankowski’s tires, but he tried to continue driving, throwing up sparks and debris. Deputies saw him throwing things out of the window of his car, which later were determined to be pieces of a mobile methamphetamine lab, along with other items found in his car.


Pankowski already was serving sentences on other charges, which would keep him in prison until 2012, according to the Department of Corrections.


-Bismarck Tribune

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This why I don't talk to the press.  I was the lead patrol car that night.  It wasn't a high speed chase. We were going 63 mph in a 60 mph construction zone.  In the Bismarck paper it goes on to say the NDHP used the spike strips.  Wrong our own Linette put down the spikes.  And she did a great job.  I don't  think he even saw them.  I didn't and from the last time I ended up with two flats. After spriked his two front tires he still drove around 60 mph for another 30 miles. Don't get me wrong we have a great relationship with our three HP's in our county. But they were not out at this time. So we called state radio and got some out of Minot.  When we got to our county line I went back to help to pick up the stuff he tossed out  When they got close to Minot and he went down the ditch and went over to the south bound lane.  Two of our Deputies pinned him in. 


    Well it was great we caught the bad guy no one got hurt.  Well his car did somewhat.  And it was more fun then chasing a wild turkey off the Hwy.  Those Washburn Deputies are the best..

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Thanks for clarifying the info! And yeah, I hear ya on the news. I think any chase they hear of up here is "high speed"! lol