Albert Lea man pleads guilty in Mower County

Mark Carpenter
Mark Carpenter

Admits to drug possession, a police chase, and lying to officers.

Posted: Oct 11, 2018 3:54 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A man arrested after a police chase is pleading guilty.

Mark Allen Carpenter, 45 of Albert Lea, has entered guilty pleas to 5th degree drug possession, fleeing a peace officer, and giving a false name to a peace officer. Two other drug charges will be dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Carpenter was arrested on May 9 in Austin. Police pulled his vehicle over after getting a report from a convenience store on West Oakland Avenue about some suspicious activity. Officers say when they stopped Carpenter, he first identified himself as “Jeremy Johnson” and then refused to exit his vehicle.

Police say Carpenter was shot with a taser but still drove away, crashing while trying to take an onramp to Interstate 90. Carpenter then reportedly got out of his vehicle and tried to run away before being tackled. Police say a search of the vehicle found small 2.92 grams of methamphetamine and 3.93 grams of marijuana.

Carpenter’s sentencing is scheduled for December 21 in Mower County District Court.

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