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Suspect found hiding in tree after police chase through 3 Minnesota counties

PINE RIVER, Minn. -- A 40-year-old Nisswa man was apprehended Sunday, Oct. 22, after leading Minnesota authorities on a pursuit that began in Morrison County and ended in Cass County with speeds reaching 100 mph.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported the 45-minute pursuit began at 12:30 a.m. Sunday when the suspect stopped for having a tail light out fled north on State Highway 115 near Camp Ripley in Morrison County. The suspect led authorities through Crow Wing and Cass counties, before the pursuit ended north of Pine River.

Authorities used spike strips at several locations to try to stop the fleeing vehicle. When the vehicle passed near Baxter, it was reported there were no front tires and the car was smoking. The vehicle continued to travel on several roads in the Pine River area, entering Cass County. The vehicle was reported to have weaved into oncoming traffic on several occasions.

The suspect left his vehicle, fleeing into the woods, and was found 15 feet up in a tree by a maintenance shed, the State Patrol reported. The suspect was apprehended without incident and tested for possible impaired driving. The man is being held in Morrison County Jail, where he awaits formal felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle and driving after revocation.

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