Calls involve pursuit, two fires within 17 minutes, and a residential burglary.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office had a busy weekend.
Here’s a rundown of their calls:
• Sunday around 4 a.m., a deputy located in a vehicle in a field in Section 27 of Lowell Township around two miles west of Crookston on Polk County Highway 61. While approaching the vehicle to make contact with the occupant(s), it proceeded to be driven off into the field. The deputy initiated a pursuit across the field, following the vehicle, which had its lights off. The deputy lost track of the vehicle but followed its tracks left in the field. The vehicle was subsequently located in a culvert after it had crashed. The driver fled. A K-9 unit was brought in but could not find the driver. The investigation continues. Assisting were Crookston and East Grand Forks Police, Minnesota State Patrol and Crookston Area Ambulance Service.
• The PCSO and Crookston Fire Department at 2:17 p.m. Saturday responded to the report of a trailer on fire at the SnowSled Inn in Gentilly. Upon arrival, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire. The cause was traced to a pellet smoker in the trailer. No one was hurt. Damage is estimated at more than $10,000.
• At 2 p.m. Saturday, the PCSO and CFD responded to the report of a brush fire in Section 20 of Hammond Township. Firefighters put out the fire shortly after arriving. It was caused by brush that had accumulated underneath an ATV that was being driven in a field. The brush eventually caught fire and the fire spread through the field. The ATV was destroyed and approximately five acres of CRP land burned. No one was hurt.
• It didn’t occur over the weekend, but the PCSO reports that on Sept. 5 just before 3:30 a.m. they received a report of a burglary of an occupied residence in rural Lengby. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a male suspect had entered the residence and then fled. The victim identified the suspect as Todd Alan Bergerson. A search of the area was conducted by deputies and the East Grand Forks Police K-9 unit, but Bergerson was not found. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone who knows anything about his whereabouts is asked to contact the PCSO at 281-0431.