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Clarkfield man faces multiple charges after high-speed car chase

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GRANITE FALLS — The 30-year-old Clarkfield man who was involved in a high-speed chase with law enforcement earlier this month in Clarkfield made his first appearance in court Monday on a number of charges.

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Matthew James Nelson faces Yellow Medicine County charges of felony assault in the second degree, felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, felony fifth-degree possession of drugs; gross misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, driving after cancellation -inimical to public safety and third-degree damage to property; and a misdemeanor of obstructing the legal process.

According to the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Nelson escaped from a deputy that tried to take him into custody Aug. 6. Nelson got into his pickup truck and fled with deputies in pursuit, driving through soybean and corn fields before stopping in the middle of a cornfield and fleeing on foot.

Law officers were unable to locate him, but received a call the next day that Nelson was sleeping in a Clarkfield home and took him into custody.

As of Monday afternoon, Nelson remained in the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls.

Bail was set at $100,000. A settlement conference in the case has been scheduled for Sept. 29.

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Nicole Hovatter
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