With his toddler surrounded by empty beer cans in the back seat, an extremely intoxicated dad with a history of drunken driving and no valid license led police on a chase topping 130 miles per hour until his capture in northwestern Minnesota, authorities said Monday.
Dustin B. Martin, 34, was charged in Clay County District Court with three felonies: fleeing police, first-degree drunken driving and refusing to submit to testing for intoxication in connection with Saturday's early evening pursuit of roughly 12 miles along country roads and ending at his home just west of Hawley.
Once officers caught up with Martin and got a look inside his car, they saw his daughter, about a month shy of her third birthday, in the back seat "with open cans of beer around the toddler and in the glove box," the criminal complaint read. At the child's feet was a 24-pack of beer, the complaint continued.
The girl was in a car seat, the charges noted.
Martin's history with drinking and driving is extensive. His license was revoked in November after his arrest on a drunk-driving charge filed last year in nearby Wilkin County, where he allegedly crashed while driving a beet truck. He also has convictions for an alcohol-related crash involving an injury in 2005 and driving under the influence in 2009.
Martin, who also was charged with gross-misdemeanor child endangerment, remains jailed in lieu of $25,000 bail. Court records do not list an attorney for him in this latest incident. A telephone message was left with his attorney in the Wilkin County case.
According to the complaint:
A Glyndon police officer pulled over Martin in his car after spotting him speeding and straddling the centerline. As the officer walked toward Martin's car, the suspect fled east on Hwy. 10 at roughly 110 miles per hour.
Martin soon turned onto Hwy. 9, where the officer sped up to 135 mph but was falling farther behind. Martin took to gravel roads, eased off to about 80 mph and kept going despite driving over "stop sticks" placed in his path by a sheriff's deputy.
The chase ended when Martin pulled up to his home. Martin, who needed help getting out of the car, was too intoxicated to undergo field sobriety testing. He refused to submit to a preliminary breath test.