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Three arrested after motor vehicle pursuit in Willmar, Minn.

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WILLMAR -- Three people were arrested and are in custody at the Kandiyohi County Jail after a pursuit by Willmar Police officers and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies around 3:45 a.m. today in Willmar.

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According to Police Capt. Jim Felt, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and a loud muffler near First Street and Willmar Avenue. The vehicle, a 1995 Saturn, immediately fled going south on First Street to 19th Avenue, west on 19th Avenue to Fifth Street and then north to 15th Avenue Southwest. Upon reaching the area of Fifth Street and 15th Avenue Southwest, the driver fled from the vehicle on foot.

Three other occupants of the vehicle were detained on scene. A search of the area, along with citizen complaints of someone knocking on apartment doors, led to the apprehension of the driver a short distance away.

The driver was identified as Ricardo Daniel Gomez, 35, of Willmar. Charges against him include fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, driving after cancellation, reckless driving, speeding and loud muffler. Gomez is also wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant for a second-drug controlled substance crime.

The passengers, Kayla Marie Eliason, 23, and Shae Marie Johnson, 19, both of Willmar, face drug and paraphernalia possession charges. Johnson also faces a charge for use of a police scanner during the commission of a felony.

The vehicle pursuit lasted just over two minutes and went less than a mile. Speeds were approximately 20 to 25 mph over the speed limit. There were no injuries and no property damage. A fourth individual in the car was not arrested.

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