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March 1, 2013
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Three years after incident, man admits trying to elude officers

A Gardnerville Ranchos man faces up to six years in prison after he agreed to plead guilty to attempting to elude police officers more than three years after he was arrested.

Steven John Kozlowski, 48, entered a plea on Monday in Douglas County District Court. He faces 1-6 years in prison or could be placed on probation.

According to court documents, Kozlowski also agreed to plead guilty to a second instance of driving under the influence in East Fork Justice Court.

In exchange for his plea, several charges will be dropped against Kozlowski, including driving under the influence with a prior felony, two counts of battery on an officer.

According to court documents Kozlowski was arrested Aug. 22, 2009, after deputies spotted a motorcyclist without a helmet pulling out of a parking lot at Highway 395 and Waterloo. Deputies testified at Kozlowski's preliminary hearing that they struggled with him to take him into custody. A test revealed Kozlowski had a blood alcohol content of .167.

Kozlowski was sentenced to 12-30 months in prison in November 2010 for a felony DUI that occurred in Carson City. Three months later he appeared in Douglas County District Court on the eluding charge in a wheelchair and wearing protective headgear.

His attorney at the time said he'd suffered from several falls in prison.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to return the Harley Davidson motorcycle Kozlowski was riding at the time of the incident.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 1, 2013 09:19PM Published Mar 1, 2013 09:18PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.