Suspect leads police on chase in Nisswa and Baxter, exceeding 100 mph
NISSWA—A 19-year-old Willmar man is in custody following a police chase Friday, Nov. 2, that began in Nisswa and reached speeds of 100 mph during the pursuit.
The chase started in Nisswa, made its way into Baxter and returned to Nisswa, where the suspect crashed into a tree.
According to the Nisswa Police Department incident report, a Nisswa officer initiated a traffic stop at 11:15 p.m. of a Buick sedan with no license plates traveling south on Highway 371 near Tall Timbers Road in Nisswa. The driver did not stop and a pursuit began on Highway 371, where the driver exceeded 100 mph. The pursuit continued south on Highway 371 to Baxter, where the suspect turned onto Excelsior Road, traveling west at speeds over 90 mph in a 30 mph zone in a residential area.
The vehicle then turned north onto Inglewood Drive, then east on Pine Beach Road, crossing Highway 371 and going onto Wise Road. The vehicle then continued to Novotny Road. When the vehicle reached the intersection of Novotny Road and Highway 371, it crossed the center median of the highway and began driving north in the southbound lane of Highway 371.
Officers from Nisswa, who were assisted by officers in Baxter, Brainerd and Crow Wing County, continued to pursue the vehicle and had a couple near misses with oncoming southbound traffic, the report stated. The driver continued on Highway 371, near See Gull Road, crossed the center median and was back in the northbound lane, where it went down Peterson Road, a dead-end road, and struck a tree. The driver fled out of the vehicle and a foot pursuit began. The Nisswa officer pursed for a short distance ordering the driver to get on the ground, but the suspect fled.
The officer returned to the vehicle and detained a passenger, a 17-year-old male, who was called out at gunpoint by assisting officers. The juvenile male was shaken and called out that he didn't do anything and he wanted to get out of the vehicle, but the driver did not let him, the report stated. The juvenile passenger, who is known to the driver, stated he was told to lay back and shut up. The driver also boasted about how much fun it was to run from the police and how much he loved the adrenaline rush of it, the passenger told police.
The juvenile stated the driver asked him earlier in the night if he wanted to go for a ride and have a fun night, stating he was going to meet up with a couple of old friends. The juvenile's mother was called to pick him up and was told he would not face any criminal charges.
On Saturday, officers were notified the suspect approached a female asking for help and he was last seen walking east on Ojibwa Road. Shortly after, another resident in the area called and said a man wearing a black hoodie knocked on her door asking for help, again heading east on Ojibwa Road. Authorities located the suspect and he was taken into custody for fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle and fifth-degree drug possession.