A 28-year-old Brainerd man driving a motorcycle and fleeing police officers was killed after a Brainerd squad car collided with him early today in Baxter.
The chase started in downtown Brainerd and ended on Highway 210 in Baxter about 12:30 a.m.
Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc today said a written report about video from the squad car's video camera showed the victim slowed abruptly and tried to turn in front of Brainerd police officer Larry Helsene's squad car. Helsene, while trying to avoid the motorcycle, collided with the victim, Bolduc said, quoting from the report.
The victim, whose name is being withheld until family members are notified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The chase began just before 12:30 a.m. after a Brainerd officer clocked the victim going 80 mph on South Sixth Street, said Bolduc.
The officer attempted to stop the suspect for speeding and reckless driving on North Sixth Street, but the suspect fled from the officer around and through Gregory Park.
From Gregory Park the chase went onto Washington Street and into Baxter, where the fatal accident occurred just west of Inglewood Drive in Baxter.
Bolduc had yet to view the squad car tape this morning. The State Patrol is investigating the fatal accident.
Bolduc said the pavement at the accident, while not slick, was wet and may have contributed to the accident. Showers moved through the area Monday night.
As standard procedure, Helsene was put on paid administrative leave for 2-3 days. He was not injured.
"This is definitely a traumatic situation for the officer involved and the victim's family," said Bolduc, who, with Crow Wing County Chaplain Dave Greaver, was meeting with the victim's family this morning.
Assisting the Brainerd Police Department were the Baxter Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department.
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