A 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after leading Crow Wing County Sheriff's deputies on a chase across county roads and into farm fields in southern Crow Wing County.
The pursuit began after Deputy John Vukelich spotted a Chevrolet Suburban traveling about 75 mph on Crow Wing County Road 2. Vukelich began to pursue the suspect, at which time the suspect turned off his headlights and drove the Suburban into a potato field, said Sheriff Eric Klang.
With deputies following, the suspect exited one field and drove into another. After trying to leave the second field, Klang said the suspect's Suburban stopped. Deputies surrounded the vehicle and ordered the suspect to turn off the engine and exit the vehicle, but he refused and was still revving the engine.
Klang said Deputy Pat Pickar put his K9 dog, Nike, into an open window of the Suburban, at which time the suspect surrendered to officers. Apparently the Suburban's transmission failed, said Klang.
"We didn't know what was wrong with the vehicle. He was racing the engine on it, so Pat (Pickar) picked it up (Nike) and threw the dog in the vehicle with the suspect," said Klang. "The guy changed his tune after the dog got in his vehicle."
Pickar's squad car was damaged after running into the rear of the Suburban. The suspect had minor abrasions from Nike, said Klang, but there were no injuries to Nike or the responding officers.
The pursuit ended near Morrison County Road 49. The Morrison County Sheriff's Department assisted with the pursuit.
The suspect was also wanted on warrants from Hennepin County for misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI and misdemeanor theft; on Dakota County warrants for failure to appear in court, failure to meet conditions of probation and domestic assault; and warrants from Anoka County for felony check forgery and offering forged checks, attempted theft and for worthless checks.
Klang said the suspect told deputies the reason he fled was because he knew he would be going back to prison.
The suspect was arrested for felony fleeing a peace officer. He is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail.
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