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Authorities: Juvenile male was driver in high-speed chase near Grand Rapids

Itasca County authorities say a juvenile male was the driver who led them on a high-speed pursuit on Thursday, during which a Grand Rapids police officer fired shots at the fleeing vehicle.

Speeds during the pursuit exceeded 100 mph, and two officers received minor injuries while apprehending the suspect.

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that the incident started at about 5:35 p.m. in the Blackberry area, about 10 miles east of Grand Rapids, when a deputy responded to a domestic assault complaint. The deputy located the suspect in a vehicle and attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the driver fled.

The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 mph as it headed east toward Warba, then back west to Grand Rapids. The sheriff’s office said the suspect tried to ram two marked squad cars head-on at speeds in excess of 80 mph, forcing the squads into the ditch.

Once in the city of Grand Rapids, a police officer encountered the suspect vehicle at an intersection and fired shots. The Grand Rapids Police Department reported that no one was hit.

The pursuit ended on U.S. Highway 169 about 10 miles south of Grand Rapids, with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol. A Grand Rapids police officer and an Itasca County deputy received minor injuries while apprehending the suspect.

The juvenile male driver, the only occupant of the suspect vehicle, is being held at the Itaskin Juvenile Center pending formal charges.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting and the officer who fired their weapon has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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