A police pursuit began in Aitkin County and ended when a State Trooper pinned the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 10 near Little Rock Lake.
No one was reported injured in the pursuit that led law enforcement into five counties. It all began with an individual reporting a suspicious vehicle, which turned out to be involved in an Aitkin County burglary. After a high-speed chase, local crime spree and multiple stolen vehicles, two men were arrested.
Scott Turner, Aitkin County sheriff, said the incident started shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday when a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle driving in a neighborhood. While investigating that call, the Aitkin County deputy discovered a burglary in the neighborhood. Turner said evidence was found linking the burglary to the call about the suspicious vehicle.
At about 9 a.m. Saturday, while doing further checking in the area, the deputy observed a white pickup, which matched the earlier description of the suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was determined to have been stolen in Brainerd on Jan. 19.
After a short pursuit, where speeds reached about 100 mph, the vehicle pulled over on Highway 169, near County Road 77, Turner reported.
“At this time, the passenger exited the vehicle,” Turner reported in a written statement. “As the deputy was securing the passenger, the driver took off and continued southbound on Highway 169.”
The passenger, Kyle L. Oltz, 21, of Sauk Rapids, was arrested and transported to the Aitkin County Jail. He was booked in on charges of aiding and abetting burglary, giving a false name to a police officer and two out-of-county warrants — one for felony receive stolen property from Benton County and one for gross misdemeanor DWI test refusal.
The deputy then discovered that the stolen Chevrolet pickup had gone into the ditch about two-and-a-half miles south of the initial stop. The driver fled the vehicle on foot. As officers were looking for the driver, he was discovered taking another vehicle, a 2002 Black Chevrolet Monte Carlo, from a nearby residence.
The pursuit then continued down Highway 169 — going into Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison and Benton counties.
Another vehicle, a 2002 black Chevrolet Tahoe, was taken from a rural Hillman residence in Morrison County before the chase ended in Benton County. The driver of the vehicles, Travis J. Severtson, 23, of Bovey, was transported to the Aitkin County Jail on charges of burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. There also was an outstanding warrant for Severtson out of Stearns County for theft of a motor vehicle.
The Aitkin County Sheriff’s office was assisted by the Aitkin Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol (including State Patrol fixed-wing aircraft), the DNR-Enforcement, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Little Falls Police Department and the Sartell Police Department.
The State Patrol began assisting in the pursuit at about 9:13 a.m. with the trooper able to pin the suspect’s vehicle in Benton County. A State Patrol squad car was damaged in the incident.