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Woman leads high-speed chase in stolen vehicle

CROOKSTON - A woman has been arrested after a 40-minute car chase Sunday that covered 50 miles and involved several Minnesota law enforcement agencies.

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The Pennington County Sheriff's Office received a complaint around 1 p.m. of a possible drunk driver in a Chrysler minivan near U.S. Highway 59 southeast of Thief River Falls. When the driver would not pull over, deputies followed her through town to state Highway 1, west to Warren, Minn., and then south on U.S. Highway 75 at speeds between 60 and 80 mph, Lt. David Spivey of the Minnesota State Patrol said. BrainerdDispatch.com Illustration.

CROOKSTON - A woman has been arrested after a 40-minute car chase Sunday that covered 50 miles and involved several Minnesota law enforcement agencies.

Jennie Lynn Langaas, 42, was booked into Polk County jail in Crookston and was set to be transferred to Pennington County to face likely charges of driving under the influence, motor vehicle theft and reckless endangerment, according to Lt. David Spivey of the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office received a complaint around 1 p.m. of a possible drunk driver in a Chrysler minivan near U.S. Highway 59 southeast of Thief River Falls. When the driver would not pull over, deputies followed her through town to state Highway 1, west to Warren, Minn., and then south on U.S. Highway 75 at speeds between 60 and 80 mph, Spivey said.

Officers checked the vehicle's license plate number and found it was stolen from Grafton, N.D.

The driver ran over spike strips set by officers and went into a ditch near Euclid, Minn., striking a mailbox. She then continued driving on 270th Avenue Southwest, a minimum-maintenance road, until she was forced to stop in a field, Spivey said.

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Langaas was arrested without incident. An alcohol test put her blood-alcohol content at 0.19 percent.

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