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18-year-old from Willmar charged after fleeing cops on dirt bike

WILLMAR -- The 18-year-old dirt bike driver allegedly involved in a high-speed chase with Willmar police officers Monday has been charged with one felony, two misdemeanors and one gross misdemeanor related to the incident.

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WILLMAR -- The 18-year-old dirt bike driver allegedly involved in a high-speed chase with Willmar police officers Monday has been charged with one felony, two misdemeanors and one gross misdemeanor related to the incident.
 Logan William Miller, of Willmar, appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, careless driving, uninsured vehicle and speeding charges. The charges say around 2:20 p.m. Monday, Miller zoomed back and forth on his dirt bike past a Willmar police officer, in and out of a ditch on 30th Street Northwest at a high rate of speed. The officer noticed Miller’s dirt bike didn’t have a license plate, the criminal complaint on the charges states. So the officer turned on his emergency lights and began to pursue the dirt bike. But the vehicle didn’t slow down or stop, the complaint states. Instead, Miller allegedly turned his head to the left, saw the squad car chasing him, then accelerated his dirt bike rapidly in a ditch. At one point, the dirt bike reached speeds of approximately 80 mph, driving along a service road parallel to railroad tracks near 15th Avenue Northwest and eventually veering around a sheriff’s deputy’s squad car. The complaint alleges Miller attempted to cross the railroad tracks to get off of the service road on which he’d been driving, but the motorcycle malfunctioned and came to a complete stop. He tried to kickstart the vehicle, but the Willmar police officer caught up to him at that time, ordered him off the vehicle, and arrested him. Miller allegedly told the officer he had initially kept driving away from the squad car “because he was panicking and did not know what to do.” He said he had just changed the oil on the dirt bike, and had been testing it to see if it worked. He also allegedly told the officer the dirt bike was not insured for operation on roadways. The windshield of the police officer’s squad car reportedly sustained minor damage from the chase, from a rock that the dirt bike kicked up as it accelerated. Miller was initially booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail but was released after his Wednesday court hearing. His next hearing is set for Aug. 1. WILLMAR -- The 18-year-old dirt bike driver allegedly involved in a high-speed chase with Willmar police officers Monday has been charged with one felony, two misdemeanors and one gross misdemeanor related to the incident.
 Logan William Miller, of Willmar, appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, careless driving, uninsured vehicle and speeding charges.The charges say around 2:20 p.m. Monday, Miller zoomed back and forth on his dirt bike past a Willmar police officer, in and out of a ditch on 30th Street Northwest at a high rate of speed.The officer noticed Miller’s dirt bike didn’t have a license plate, the criminal complaint on the charges states. So the officer turned on his emergency lights and began to pursue the dirt bike. But the vehicle didn’t slow down or stop, the complaint states. Instead, Miller allegedly turned his head to the left, saw the squad car chasing him, then accelerated his dirt bike rapidly in a ditch.At one point, the dirt bike reached speeds of approximately 80 mph, driving along a service road parallel to railroad tracks near 15th Avenue Northwest and eventually veering around a sheriff’s deputy’s squad car.The complaint alleges Miller attempted to cross the railroad tracks to get off of the service road on which he’d been driving, but the motorcycle malfunctioned and came to a complete stop. He tried to kickstart the vehicle, but the Willmar police officer caught up to him at that time, ordered him off the vehicle, and arrested him.Miller allegedly told the officer he had initially kept driving away from the squad car “because he was panicking and did not know what to do.”He said he had just changed the oil on the dirt bike, and had been testing it to see if it worked. He also allegedly told the officer the dirt bike was not insured for operation on roadways. The windshield of the police officer’s squad car reportedly sustained minor damage from the chase, from a rock that the dirt bike kicked up as it accelerated.Miller was initially booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail but was released after his Wednesday court hearing. His next hearing is set for Aug. 1.

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