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Motorcycle speeder who fled from police sentenced

Brandon Cada

A 23-year-old Alexandria man will serve 30 days in jail after outrunning sheriff's deputies during a chase that began near Nelson and hit speeds of 100 mph.

Brandon Lee Cada was sentenced in Douglas County District Court on Nov. 14 after he pleaded guilty to the felony. As part of a plea agreement, two misdemeanor charges, reckless driving and speeding, were dismissed.

Cada received credit for the three days he's already spent behind bars. He was placed on supervised probation for three years and ordered to pay $135 in fines and fees.

Sixteen conditions were attached to the sentence, He must keep in contact with his probation agent, cooperate with searches, provide DNA samples, not possess firearms and remain law abiding. Judge Timothy Churchwell recommended Cada to be eligible for a limited driver's license after six months.

The chase began shortly after 11 a.m. June 6. Cada was reportedly driving a motorcycle 79 mph in a 55 mph speed limit area on County Road 82, near County Road 17 in the Nelson area.

When Cada spotted the deputy, he accelerated and continued speeding westbound on County Road 82, passing other vehicles, according to authorities. Cada ignored the deputy's lights and sirens and turned south onto County Road 81, then south onto Snowbird Lane.

Cada then turned north onto Pioneer Road from 50th Avenue, where he evaded two more Douglas County deputies with lights and sirens activated, and drove north on Pioneer Road to 34th Avenue, according to authorities.

At that point, the pursuit was called off for safety reasons.

After the sheriff's office issued a news release that contained photos of the motorcycle and a description of the suspect, deputies arrested Cada the next day.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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