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Forum staff reports, Published June 08 2010

Driver hits 120 mph in Clay County chase

State troopers arrested a 32-year-old in Clay County on Sunday after he sped away from a traffic stop at speeds of up to 120 mph, court records show.

Nile Estwon Watson of Sebeka, Minn., was pulled over when a Minnesota state trooper allegedly noticed him drifting out of his lane on Highway 10 west of Glyndon, according to a complaint filed in Clay County District Court on Monday.

After the troopers said they saw marijuana in the back of the vehicle, Watson took off, according to court records.

Watson, who has drunken driving convictions in both Minnesota and North Dakota, passed a car in a construction zone during the high-speed chase that ended when stop sticks flattened two of the tires on his Pontiac, according to the complaint.

Troopers said they found marijuana buds scattered throughout Watson’s car, some of them packaged.

Watson was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and sale of a controlled substance. In an initial court appearance on Monday, his bail was set at $30,000 without conditions or $5,000 with conditions.