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Man goes to jail before Minn. court date

ALPENA — No probation is necessary for a man who will move directly from an Alpena jail cell to Minnesota courtrooms, Judge Ed Black decided in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Robert Peterson, 21, will serve one year in the Alpena County Jail — with credit for 115 days served — after he was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing police. He faces almost identical charges in Duluth, Minnesota, and will be sent there when he is released in Alpena, Black said.

Peterson has similar charges on his record already, including stealing a vehicle and endangering a child through reckless driving.

“Why, again, should I not send him to prison for doing the same thing multiple times?” Black asked defense attorney Rick Steiger before imposing the 12-month county jail sentence, with a warning to Peterson that the next time he appears in Alpena courts for a similar charge, “it will be prison.”

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