Bemidji man arrested following high-speed chase through Beltrami County, Red Lake Reservation
An 18-year-old Bemidji man was arrested Monday following a pursuit in the Bemidji area. The man also is suspected of burglary.
According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office:
A 2004 GMC Sierra pickup was stolen on Christmas Day from Heartland Auto Sales of Bemidji. Also stolen, according to a police report, were $200 in cash, some check blanks and keys to vehicles.
A bank later reported that someone had attempted to cash a $10,000 check and a $2,000 check from the Heartland Auto Sales account, according to a police report
From that information, police were able to identify a possible suspect. The Grand Forks (N.D.) Police Department reported that the suspect had been in its area Saturday.
Beltrami County Sheriff's Office at 4:20 p.m. Monday learned that a vehicle matching the description of the stolen GMC pickup was at a gas station in Bemidji, according to a press release from Beltrami County.
The suspect ran out the back door, but an agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension spotted the stolen vehicle, and the suspect, shortly before 4:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 2 west of Bemidji Regional Airport.
The suspect vehicle then went north on Cardinal Road Northwest (Beltrami County Road 9), failed to stop for the agent and a pursuit was initiated, according to the release.
Assisting in the pursuit were Beltrami County deputies, the Paul Bunyan Task Force officers, the Minnesota State Patrol and an officer with the Leech Lake Department of Public Safety.
The pursuit went north, winding through the Red Lake Reservation, where Red Lake officers also assisted.
The suspect left the reservation, heading west and north through Kelliher, according to the release. Assisting, then, in the pursuit were deputies from the Lake of the Woods, Itasca, Koochiching counties and the U.S. Border Patrol.
"The suspect engaged in dangerous behavior with speeds up to 100 mph during the pursuit, as well as forcing an oncoming vehicle into the ditch on Highway 72 north of Kelliher," the press release said.
Eventually, the suspect vehicle went into the ditch on Artesian Springs Road Northeast (County Road 23), where the suspect left the vehicle and fled on foot, according to the release.
He was apprehended in a field without incident.
He remains in Beltrami County Jail on suspicion of felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, felony theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.
The general policy of the Bemidji Pioneer is not to state the name of a person accused of a crime until he or she has been charged.
The Beltrami County Attorney office said the suspect could be charged as early as Tuesday.