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Man sentenced for high-speed chase, meth possession

A Hermantown man will spend seven years in prison for a high-speed chase in Superior that led to a vehicle crash and the discovery of a large quantity of methamphetamine.

Adam Ryan Anderson, 35, pleaded guilty Feb. 26 in Douglas County Circuit Court to felony counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer. In addition to the prison sentence, he received five years of extended supervision.

Charges of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, two counts of possess amphetamine and bail jumping were dismissed but read in for sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint:

The charges stem from a Nov. 9, 2014, incident. Superior Police Officer Mikayla LeRette noticed the car Anderson was driving had one headlight out and activated her lights for a traffic stop. Anderson's vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed along Tower Avenue and onto Belknap Street; it sped across the viaduct and continued west on Belknap in the wrong lane of traffic. The vehicle crashed when Anderson tried to turn south onto Maryland Avenue.

Responding officers found five bags of methamphetamine in the car as well as prescription pills. When questioned by investigator Douglas County Sheriff's Investigator Dan Howe, Anderson said he was on parole in Minnesota after serving several years for methamphetamine crimes. He told Howe that he delivers methamphetamine to people in Aitkin, Grand Rapids, Duluth and other areas.

According to online court records, a bench warrant was issued for Anderson in January 2016 when he failed to make a court appearance. Anderson was returned to Douglas County Circuit Court on Dec. 15, 2017, and a cash bond of $50,000 was set for the Hermantown man.