The 22-year-old Little Falls man who led Crow Wing County deputies on a chase Thursday has a history of harassment, law officials said.
Brian John Forcier was arraigned Friday in Brainerd.
Forcier was arrested following a chase after the sheriff's department received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of Arielle Drive near Highway 371 south of Brainerd. The call came in about 6 a.m. Forcier fled when deputies attempted to stop the vehicle he was driving.
The pursuit covered about 31 miles before it ended some 20 minutes later in a ditch in Morrison County north of Camp Ripley. Forcier's attempt to flee on foot into a farm field was unsuccessful.
Crow Wing County Sheriff's Capt. Neal Gaalswyk said Forcier was sighted in the area where a woman had an order for protection against him. Gaalswyk said the sheriff's department has had contact with the man going back to 2007 regarding threats and harassment centered around his relationship with the woman and order for protection violations.
Friday, Forcier was arraigned on charges for the violation of the order for protection, fleeing peace officers, fourth-degree DUI and third-degree refusal to test for DUI. Now that the vehicle he was driving has been confirmed as stolen, Forcier may face additional charges of possession of stolen property.
A Little Falls woman reported seeing her vehicle, a 1990 Chevrolet Caprice, Wednesday night. By the time she noticed it was missing - just after 8 a.m. Thursday - it had already been impounded in Brainerd following the chase. Gaalswyk said Morrison County will have the responsibility of pursing charges of vehicle theft.
No one was injured in the pursuit Thursday, which may have reached speeds of 100 mph at times. Gaalswyk said: "We are pleased we were able to bring this one to a resolution without any one getting hurt."
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