Nickolauson receives jail time for fleeing an officer and DWI [UPDATED]Published 7:30am Monday, April 15, 2013 Updated 9:32am Monday, April 15, 2013
A Fergus Falls woman involved in a car chase with law enforcement in December was sentenced to jail time.
Melody Lynne Nickolauson, 23, was sentenced March 28 in Otter Tail County District Court to 120 days in jail for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and 365 days (to serve 120 days) in jail for gross misdemeanor DWI.
She pleaded guilty to the charges March 1. Additional charges of gross misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property and misdemeanor driving after revocation were dismissed March 28.
According to the criminal complaint, Nickolauson smashed windows on a car at a woman’s residence in Erhard Dec. 12, 2012. An Otter Tail County sergeant spotted Nickolauson’s vehicle but Nickolauson reportedly did not stop for several miles on County Hwy. 88 just north of Fergus Falls.
A tire deflation strip new U.S. Hwy. 59 was used, and the vehicle came to a stop on the shoulder of I-94, the report says. Nickolauson was arrested; her blood alcohol level was 0.17, according to the report. She also reportedly had two passengers in the car.
Nickolauson had a previous impaired driving related to loss of license conviction Oct. 12, 2012.
Christine Danielle Cooper, 30, of Fergus Falls, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in jail for gross misdemeanor DWI Monday, April 8 in Otter Tail County District Court. She is to serve 30 days.
According to the criminal complaint, Cooper was stopped just after 2 a.m. Sept. 15, 2012 at County Hwy. 21 and 270th Street in Otter Tail County. A preliminary breath test showed his blood alcohol level to be 0.129.
Cooper had a prior DWI conviction April 3, 2003.