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High-speed pursuit started in Brainerd terminated for safety

Friday at about 3:03 p.m., Brainerd Police Officers attempted to stop a vehicle at SE 13th and Oak Streets in connection with an order for protection violation. The order for protection violation had occurred in the 1300 block of Portland Avenue. Officers believed the driver of the van was the suspect in that incident. Officers also had knowledge that the suspect had an active arrest warrant.

As officers activated emergency lights, the vehicle sped up and began to flee. Officer’s pursued the vehicle south on 13th Street, continuing south onto County Road 45. The fleeing vehicle reached speeds well in excess of 80 mph. The fleeing vehicle continued south at this high rate of speed, turning west on County Road 2. As the suspect vehicle again reached high speeds, the pursuit was terminated by police.

The vehicle involved in this incident is described as a 1997 GMC Safari van, white with a blue stripe, displaying Minnesota License 909 GZG. The suspect involved is a 49-year-old man from Garrison. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches, with black hair and hazel eyes. He has an extensive history of contacts with law enforcement.

Assisting in this incident were the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department and Minnesota State Patrol. Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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