Austin man sentenced on three different charges stemming from September 2020 scooter chase
An Austin man who was arrested after leading authorities on a slow-speed chase on a scooter in September of 2020 has been sentenced on three different charges in Mower County District Court.
42-year old Joshua David Bollinger was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail, with credit for 53 days already served, and five years of supervised probation for a felony 5th degree drug possession charge. He was also ordered to pay a $500 fine.
Bollinger also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing a peace office in a motor vehicle, and a gross misdemeanor charge of 2nd degree DWI-refuse to submit a blood or urine sample. Bollinger was sentenced to five years of supervised probation for the charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and a 17-month prison sentence was stayed if he adheres to the conditions of his probation. Bollinger was sentenced to two years of supervised probation on the DWI charge, with a one-year jail sentence stayed if he complies with the terms of his probation. Judge Kevin Siefken determined that Bollinger will be able to serve all three sentences concurrently. Bollinger was arrested on September 14, 2020, after Austin Police reported that he was seen driving a scooter without headlights or taillights in the 900 block of 6th Avenue SE.
Police stated that Bollinger then led them on a 20 mile per hour chase on a bike trail, through yards, and around construction barricades before he became stuck in construction zone mud on 5th Street SE. Police stated that Bollinger attempted to flee on foot, but he was apprehended after a brief physical struggle. Felony charges of 5th degree drug possession and being a violent felon in possession of a tear gas compound, gross misdemeanor charges of 3rd degree DWI, under the influence of a controlled substance and obstructing the legal process, plus a misdemeanor charge for driving after revocation in the case were all dismissed with the guilty pleas.