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Eyota man pleads guilty to car theft

Authorities say he avoided arrest but was then found unresponsive in a shed.

Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 5:27 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A man who escaped arrest, then had to be revived by law enforcement, has reached a plea deal with authorities.

Jacob Reid Bothun, 26 of Eyota, entered a guilty plea Wednesday to theft of a motor vehicle while charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and driving after revocation were dismissed.

Bothun is accused of stealing a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo on February 24 in Rochester. A police officer says Bothun was then spotted in Rochester on April 30 but drove away at a high rate of speed. Law enforcement says it pursued Bothun but called off the chase once due to public safety and lost sight of Bothun another time.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says Bothun was eventually found on May 1 unresponsive in a pole shed along Highway 14 east. He was given Narcan and other life-saving measures and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Bothun is now set to be sentenced on August 6.

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