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Royalton man leads authorities on chase

LITTLE FALLS — A 32-year-old Royalton man who had a gun and drove up to 80 mph leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase Saturday has been charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in Morrison District Court, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office reported.

In the statement of probable cause filed against the suspect, Joshua Jay Zoccoli:

• Officers were alerted to find a vehicle and perform a welfare check. It was reported that Zoccoli had a gun.

• Officers located and then followed the vehicle down an exit ramp, just north of Little Falls. When a deputy attempted to stop the suspect vehicle the suspect turned east onto 183rd Street and did not pull over. The deputy turned on his siren and notified the other squads that he was in pursuit. Zoccoli turned south on 160th Avenue then east on 173rd Street. The deputy positioned himself to the east of the pursuit and set down stop strips. Zoccoli stopped short of the stop strips and got out of the vehicle with a long gun.

• Two deputies and two Little Falls police officers arrived on scene. Officers yelled at Zoccoli to drop his gun and he finally threw his gun down. Zoccoli was arrested, but physically resisted being handcuffed and refused to cooperate with others.

• Zoccoli was transported to Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and was advised of his Miranda Rights. Zoccoli admitted that he saw the squad’s red lights and knew that law enforcement officers were chasing him. Zoccoli admitted that he had a Rossi 20 Gauge Combo “with a .22-caliber barrel as well.”

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