Authorities arrest 2 armed men following police chase

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BAXTER — A 33-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were arrested following a police chase Sunday, March 1, that began in Baxter and ended in Morrison County.

The Baxter Police Department reported its officers were notified about 8:23 p.m. of a suspicious vehicle at the AmericInn by Wyndham hotel in Baxter. The vehicle was the subject of an alert from the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office. The alert stated the vehicle and the occupants were wanted for assault, robbery, kidnapping and false imprisonment and they were armed with a handgun, Baxter police reported.

While officers were locating the vehicle, two men ran to it, entered and drove away from the scene. A pursuit ensued that went through Baxter, Brainerd and south down Highway 25. The vehicle left the road in Morrison County, where the men then fled on foot. The men were apprehended and arrested for fleeing, weapons violations and drug possession. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

No injuries were reported. Agencies assisting were the Brainerd Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Morrison County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota State Patrol. The Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office is also investigating the case.

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