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Man charged with escape for running from officer

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Mitchell man is charged with felony escape when he ran from an officer after being arrested for misdemeanor charges.

Mason Jorgensen, 19, was arrested July 9 for an arrest warrant out of Hanson County. Mitchell Police Officer Pat Marler responded to a noise complaint on the 100 block of East Third Avenue and detained Jorgensen while he checked for warrants. Jorgensen struggled when Marler handcuffed him by pulling and twisting his body to avoid being handcuffed, according to court documents.

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Marler and Jorgensen wrestled on the ground while a friend of Jorgensen made a motion toward the officer and Jorgensen, but the friend did not initiate contact. As Marler attempted to place Jorgensen in his patrol car, Jorgensen kicked at the car to avoid being placed in the back seat. Jorgensen was handcuffed at the time and his friend made another motion toward the officer and Jorgensen, prompting Marler to take out his stun gun to warn the friend to back off.

That's when Jorgensen ran off, still handcuffed, according to court documents.

Later in the day, Jorgensen's father brought Jorgensen to the Davison County Jail.

Jorgensen left his backpack in the police car. It contained two marijuana pipes with residue, a silver grinder with marijuana residue and a small baggie containing 1 gram of marijuana.

The escape charge carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

He is also charged with possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

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