A Staples man is in custody after Perham police say he fled in a stolen car Thursday, July 18.
Cameron Mikkel Bendson, 19, is charged with fleeing a peace officer, receiving stolen property, and theft of a motor vehicle, according to court records.
After receiving a report of a driver swerving on Highway 10, Perham police Chief Jason Hoaby tried initiating a traffic stop with the driver, Hoaby told the Perham Focus. When the driver failed to stop, Hoaby said he pursued the suspect for about a mile. When the suspect drove through a fence, Hoaby called off the pursuit, he said.
A 2006 Ford Explorer was later found abandoned in New York Mills at around 12:30 p.m., according to New York Mills Police Chief James Gritz.
Gritz said no one was around the vehicle, but witnesses had talked to Bendson. At around 2:45 p.m. New York Mills police responded to a call that a vehicle had been stolen from behind the library.
Bendson was apprehended in Staples after authorities from New York Mills and Todd County tracked the vehicle to Staples using an OnStar system.