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High-speed chase leads to charges for Willmar man

CLARA CITY -- A high-speed pursuit of a 57-year-old Willmar driver by a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Deputy was called off around noon Monday, but restarted in Chippewa County when the suspect vehicle sped past Clara City Police Chief Ralph Bradley...

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CLARA CITY - A high-speed pursuit of a 57-year-old Willmar driver by a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Deputy was called off around noon Monday, but restarted in Chippewa County when the suspect vehicle sped past Clara City Police Chief Ralph Bradley at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.
The driver, David Verne Carlson, was charged Wednesday in Chippewa County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer, and misdemeanor reckless driving, improper passing and speeding.
Bradley saw Carlson’s vehicle pass two cars on the right side Monday, then weave in and out of the oncoming lane, the criminal complaint on the charges reads.
So when the vehicle clocked in at 80 mph as it passed the Clara City Care Center on Division Street in Clara City, Bradley turned on his squad car’s siren and lights.
The vehicle continued to speed north up to 100 mph on state Highway 277 as Bradley followed, all the way to Swift County where the driver turned west onto Swift County Road 6.
The driver finally slowed when he ran over stop sticks, tire deflation devices, set out in the westbound lane on Swift County Road 6 by Chippewa County Deputy Brian Hanson, who blocked the eastbound lane with his squad car. Both of the vehicle’s front tires were taken out by the sticks, but the driver continued south onto state Highway 29 before losing control and pulling over.
The driver, identified as Carlson, was forcibly removed from the vehicle by authorities after he refused to exit.
Carlson appeared at a court hearing Wednesday in Chippewa County District Court. No further court dates have been set.

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