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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Sioux Falls man pleaded not guilty last month to an escape charge during a drunken driving arrest in early May.

Jay Doty, 49, is accused of running from law enforcement after he'd been detained for driving drunk on May 1 in Charles Mix County. Doty was pulled over for going 82 mph in a 65 mph zone.

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According to court documents, a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper saw open beer cans in Doty's vehicle and smelled alcohol on Doty's breath. A preliminary breath test showed Doty's blood alcohol level at 0.212. The legal driving limit is 0.08 in South Dakota.

Once Doty was in the trooper's vehicle, he refused field sobriety tests, told the trooper to arrest him and then opened the back door to exit the vehicle. Despite several attempts by the trooper to get Doty to stay in the car, Doty ran into the ditch.

The trooper eventually got Doty into handcuffs and back into the patrol vehicle.

First-degree escape carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is also charged with open container in a motor vehicle, speeding, second-offense drunken driving and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

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