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4 arrested for shooting at deer from vehicle

Published 11:32am Friday, November 22, 2013 Updated 5:44pm Friday, November 22, 2013

Four Browerville men have been charged in Otter Tail County District Court this week after allegedly shining a spotlight and shooting at deer from a vehicle, and leading authorities on a chase.

Branden Leigh Biksen, 18, Trevor Jon Krinkie, 22, Carl Scott Moench, 29, and Cory Lee Uselman, 19, were all charged with gross misdemeanor hunting-using artificial lights to spot, locate or take wild animals.

Their first court appearances were Nov. 19.

According to the criminal complaints, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer responded to a report of possible trespassing or shots fired from the road Nov. 16. At about 11:50 p.m., the officer saw the suspect vehicle headed westbound on County Rd. 70 going slower than normal, then continued westbound on 500th Street in Paddock Township, the report says. As the officer followed the vehicle without his lights on, he reportedly saw a spotlight shine from the driver’s side of the vehicle and could also see deer.

As the suspect vehicle stopped and started, the officer heard multiple popping sounds and saw a gun sticking out of the vehicle, the report says. The officer activated emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle began a chase for 10-11 miles toward Hill View, reaching speeds of 60 to 85 mph around curves and not stopping for any posted stop signs. Weather conditions were reportedly rainy and foggy.

When the vehicle came to a stop on the right shoulder, reportedly because the engine died, two men tried to flee on foot. Uselman, in the front passenger seat, allegedly went into the east ditch; he later reportedly admitted shooting the rifle. Krinkie reportedly fled to a ditch as well, went over a barbed wire fence and continued into a field. Once an officer caught up to him, Krinkie reportedly obeyed commands and put his hands behind his back.

Moench, the driver, reportedly admitted that he and the others shined deer from the vehicle. Biksen allegedly used the spotlight and reportedly said Moench shot the .22 rifle from the vehicle.

Three rifles with rounds in the chambers, a spotlight and three knives were reportedly found in the vehicle. The suspects were all handcuffed and placed in separate squad cars.

In addition, Biksen was charged with misdemeanor hunting-illegal transport of a firearm in a motor vehicle-unloaded, uncased in prohibited area; Krinkie was charged with misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle; Moench was charged with felony fleeing a peace office in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor hunting-discharge a firearm or bow-public highway, misdemeanor hunting-transportation of firearms-loaded firearm; Uselman was charged with misdemeanor hunting-discharge a firearm or bow-public highway, misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle, misdemeanor hunting-illegal transport a firearm in a motor vehicle-unloaded, uncased in prohibited area.

All four men are scheduled to be back in court Dec. 2.

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