Minnesota Man Gets Drug Charges After High Speed Pursuit on Hwy B

Friday, February 2, 2018 | SawyerWire |

A 27-year old Corcoran, MN, man, Southone Billy Khamvongsa, has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor as a result of a high speed pursuit on Jan. 10, 2018, and he remains in the custody of the Sawyer County Jail on $50,000 cash bond.

Khamvongsa has been charged with Fleeing an Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, Possession of THC (2nd Offense) and one misdemeanor, resisting or obstructing an officer.

Khamvongsa had a special appearance on Jan. 23, where the public defender’s office said there was a conflict of interest and a private attorney would be established. He is set to appear for his initial appearance on Feb. 6, at 8:30 a.m.

On Aug. 3, 2016, Khamvongsa was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and resisting or obstructing an officer. He pled guilty on both charges on Oct. 26, 2017 and was sentenced to 360 days in the Sawyer County Jail, with credit for the full 360 days time-served.

Hennepin County in Minnesota had Khamvongsa extradited back to Minnesota following the conclusion of his time served in Sawyer County.

According to the criminal complaint for his latest felony charges, at approximately 1:19 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2018, an LCO police officer was on patrol in the casino parking lot when he observed a gold Toyota Camry driving through the parking lot in front of him and picked up speed to about 40 mph through the lot, then proceeded out onto Hwy B going eastbound without stopping at the intersection of B and the parking lot.

The officer reported that he attempted to pull over the Camry but it continued traveling at a speed of 80 mph and increased to 90 mph. At one point, the driver, later determined to be Khamvongsa, turned off his headlights and taillights for about 1.5 miles.

The officer observed the driver slow down and exit the vehicle and run into the woods just east of Slacks Road, according to the criminal complaint.

As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed Rachel Corbine, 34, of Northwoods Beach, climbing from the passenger seat to the driver seat. The deputy detained Corbine, the complaint stated. Corbine has also been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine in this case.

The deputy then went in the direction that Khamvongsa fled and he quickly found a set of fresh tracks in the snow about 150 yards into the woods. The deputy observed Khamvongsa laying face down in the snow behind a tree. He was detained and searched and officers found in his pockets clear plastic gem bags, one with marijuana and the other with a white powdery substance. The clear plastic gem bags had a money symbol on them, the officer reported.

During a search of his vehicle Sawyer County deputies and LCO Police found a paper bindle with large rocks of a crystal-like substance they suspected to be methamphetamine. They also found six clear plastic gem bags with the money symbol on them, the complaint stated. Law enforcement officials also found methamphetamine in a cigarette box in a compartment underneath the radio.

The LCO officer then reported he found a medium sized clear plastic Ziploc bag that contained methamphetamine and two syringe needles that appeared to be used, according to the complaint.

At the scene, Khamvongsa complained that he was having trouble breathing so he was first transported by ambulance to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital. He was then cleared to be brought to the jail.

At the jail, Corbine waived her rights and agreed to talk with officers, according to the complaint. She said she had only met Khamvongsa a few times but on that evening she wanted to “hook up” and admitted smoking meth earlier in the day. Corbine said she didn’t know there was meth in the car. Corbine told officers that she was scared for her life when he was traveling at a high rate of speed down Cty B.

According to the complaint, the meth in the clear plastic Ziploc weighed 5.93 grams and the meth in the large bindle weighed 1.88 grams and in the cigarette pack were two separate packaged half grams.

The marijuana weighed just over one gram, the report stated.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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