On September 8, Michael James Hellow, 36 of Rochester, appeared before District Court Judage Matthew J. Opat. Hellow is charged with D.W.I – First Degree DWI – Previous Felony DWI Conviction, and DWI – Operate Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within Two Hours. Each is a felony with maximum criminal penalties of seven years in prison and/or $14,000 fines. On or about September 6, a Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched north of Spring Valley on the report of an alleged vehicle driving complaint pertaining to a red Chevy Equinox. The deputy allegedly observed the vehicle driving on the gravel shoulder. The deputy spoke with the occupants when they pulled over at a church parking lot. Hellow allegedly failed three field sobriety tests and blew a .212 with his Preliminary Breath Test. He allegedly admitted to being a “not a drop,” referring to his no-use conditions for his driver’s license. Hellow was placed under arrest. At the Fillmore County Jail, a DataMaster Test was administered and the defendant allegedly blew a .16. The defendant has been convicted of two DWIs prior in 2011, one in Ramsey County, the other Washington County.
On September 8, William Jacksen Shaw, 19 of Rushford, appeared before District Court Judge Matthew J. Opat. Shaw is charged with Fleeing Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, a felony with a maximum criminal penalty of three years and one day in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. On or about September 4, a Rushford police officer allegedly attempted to pull the defendant over (for driving without a valid license). As soon as the officer activated his emergency lights, the defendant allegedly sped up (over the speed limit). The defendant stopped upon reaching his home driveway .4 miles later. The defendant allegedly admitted to accelerating (upon emergency light activation), because he was scared. Marijuana was allegedly found in the vehicle and the defendant alleged to having recently smoked.