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Clarkfield man in custody after high-speed chase

GRANITE FALLS — A Clarkfield man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase during which items fell out of his pickup truck and an attached trailer.

Matthew Nelson, 30, scuffled with and escaped from a sheriff’s deputy who was attempting to take him into custody around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Clarkfield, according to the Yellow Medicine Sheriff’s Office.

After escaping the deputy, Nelson got into his 1985 Chevrolet pickup truck and fled with deputies in pursuit. The chase covered several miles during which items were falling out of the pickup and the trailer it was pulling.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Nelson drove through multiple soybean and corn fields before stopping in the middle of a cornfield and fleeing on foot.

Multiple agencies assisted in the search for the fugitive but were unable to locate him.

Law officers received a call from an individual at 11 a.m. Thursday that Nelson was sleeping in an upstairs bedroom in a house in Clarkfield. Officers took him into custody and he is currently in the Yellow Medicine County Jail pending formal charges.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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