Vehicle was unlocked at Crooks Club, with keys inside.

    A Crookston man is in custody after a Crookston Police officer early Wednesday responded to the report of a stolen vehicle, spotted the suspect in the vehicle and eventually chased him down on foot.

    CPD Chief Tim Motherway said Matthew James Storbakken, 30, was taken to jail after being treated at RiverView's ER.

    At 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, a 911 call reported that a red-colored car had just been stolen from the Crooks Club parking lot and was traveling westbound on Woodland Avenue in Sampson's Addition. An officer happened to be at the corner of Woodland and Sargent Street and he spotted the vehicle. The officer tried to stop the vehicle, which turned onto Minnesota Street and eventually pulled into the Altru Clinic-Crookston parking lot. There, the suspect exited the vehicle and ran. He was caught near the main entrance to RiverView Hospital.

    Storbakken faces numerous charges, Motherway said, including motor vehicle theft, fleeing an officer and second degree DUI.

    The vehicle, which had been left unlocked with the keys inside, was returned to its owner.

    Motherway reminds residents that even though it’s common to leave keys in unlocked vehicles and/or leave them idling during the winter months, doing so is only inviting trouble. Leaving keys in an unattended vehicle is also against city ordinance, he said.