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Drunk Man Charged with Racing Corvette Though Residential Rosemount Neighborhood

A 35-year-old man is accused of drunkenly fleeing from police through a residential neighborhood.

A 35-year-old Inver Grove Heights man is accused of drunkenly racing his Corvette convertible through Rosemount streets on May 8.

Mark Ethan Illetschko is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and one felony count of fleeing police through a residential neighborhood near Brockway Avenue and Brass Parkway.

Rosemount Police received a complaint about cars racing around 1:34 a.m. on May 8.

When police arrived at the scene, they found "tire marks in the roadway consistent with exhibition driving," according to the criminal complaint.

Nearby, police officers saw a Corvette convertible, which swerved across the road's center yellow line.

The Corvette did not stop when police activated their lights and siren but instead continued driving on Brockway Avenue before accelerating sharply onto eastbound Brass Parkway.

Eventually, the convertible pulled into a residential driveway and Illetschko, after opening his door "rapidly," according to the criminal complaint, was arrested.

Police said Illetschko smelled strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred. He was booked into Dakota County Jail and later released.

Illetschko was convicted of drunk driving in Yellow Medicine County, Minn., in 2009.

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