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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Officer fires at car during chase; Grand Rapids teen arrested

  • A 17-year-old Grand Rapids boy faces seven charges — five of them felony counts — after allegedly leading Itasca County authorities on a high-speed pursuit Thursday, during which a Grand Rapids police officer fired shots at the fleeing vehicle.
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  • A 17-year-old Grand Rapids boy faces seven charges — five of them felony counts — after allegedly leading Itasca County authorities on a high-speed pursuit Thursday, during which a Grand Rapids police officer fired shots at the fleeing vehicle.
    Speeds during the pursuit exceeded 100 mph, and two officers received minor injuries while apprehending the suspect.
    The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday that the incident started about 10 miles east of Grand Rapids about 5:35 p.m., when a deputy responded to a domestic-assault complaint. The deputy located the suspect in a vehicle and attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the driver fled.
    The pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 mph as it headed east toward Warba, then back west to Grand Rapids. The sheriff’s office said the suspect tried to ram two marked squad cars head-on at speeds in excess of 80 mph, forcing the squads into the ditch.
    Once the pursuit reached Grand Rapids, city police officers encountered the suspect vehicle at an intersection. Officer William Saw, a three-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department, fired shots at the vehicle; no one was hit.
    The pursuit ended on U.S. Highway 169 about 10 miles south of Grand Rapids, with the assistance of the Minnesota State Patrol. A Grand Rapids police officer and an Itasca County deputy received minor injuries while apprehending the suspect.
    The 17-year-old driver, the only occupant of the suspect vehicle, was charged Friday with one count of domestic assault, three counts of use of deadly force against a peace officer and one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle — all felonies. Itasca County Attorney John J. Muhar reported that the boy also faces misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree driving while impaired and failure of duty to drive with due care.
    The suspect is being held at the Itaskin Juvenile Detention Center. He is due in court on Monday.
    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the officer-involved shooting and Saw has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
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