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Published October 04, 2012, 05:35 PM

Judge Says Robles Should Be Tried for High-Speed Chases

A judge on Wednesday said Juan Angel Robles, 31, is the man who eluded police in Grand Forks and Fargo on high-speed chases in early August and he should stand trial on several felony charges.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

A judge on Wednesday said Juan Angel Robles, 31, is the man who eluded police in Grand Forks and Fargo on high-speed chases in early August and he should stand trial on several felony charges.

Judicial Referee David Vigeland set the trial for later this fall in state district court in Grand Forks on several charges of reckless endangerment and fleeing police, each punishable by up to five years in prison.

At Robles’ preliminary hearing Wednesday, his attorney, Ted Sandberg, argued that police had no good reason to try to stop Robles initially on Aug. 3. Sandberg also said police couldn’t be sure it was Robles who caused two accidents that day.

State’s Attorney Peter Welte countered that Sandberg was crossing the line into “absurdity,” and that plenty of evidence pointed to Robles’ leading police on three high-speed chases that endangered many lives.

The chase Aug. 5 included a police officer being dragged by the vehicle Robles was driving. Robles finally was arrested Aug. 7 after crashing a third vehicle in another chase.

Robles, who grew up in Grafton, N.D., also faces similar felony charges in Fargo.

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