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  • Court news: Crookston man, Storbakken, sentenced

  • He'd been arrested numerous times.
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  • Matthew James Storbakken of Crookston was recently sentenced in Ninth District Court to 30 days in jail for contempt of court and obstructing the legal process. He also had an amended sentence from the 2012 charges of theft of a motor vehicle, DWI, and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.
    Storbakken was originally sentenced to 150 days in jail with 60 days on electronic home monitoring for those three charges. According to last year's complaint on December 19, 2012, Storbakken stole a car from Crook's Club in Crookston and was chased by police in the southwestern part of town. He got out of the car in front of RiverView Hospital and fled on foot. Officer Shane Mendez caught up with him and tackled him to the ground. According to the complaint, they both slipped and Storbakken got away again. Mendez finally was able to apprehend and handcuff him. Storbakken later admitted to having a few drinks and said he got scared when he saw the flashing lights behind him.
    After Storbakken served his time in jail, he was arrested again in June 2013 for a probation violation of obstructing the legal process. He was tasered in his home after resisting police when social services had come to do a welfare check on his child, the complaint states. A month later, Storbakken was arrested again for contempt of court when he was caught trying to break into an elevator at Dahlgren/Sun-Opta in Crookston.
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