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Hit-and-run leads to arrest in Brainerd

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A 23-year-old woman was arrested Monday, March 11, following a hit-and-run crash in northeast Brainerd.

The Brainerd Police Department was called about 4:43 p.m. to investigate the crash and was informed the person reporting the incident was following the driver, who fled the scene. The driver fled east on Washington Street in a blue 2017 Hyundai Elantra.

A Brainerd officer located the vehicle traveling east on Washington Street at North Eighth Street, near Little Caesars Pizza. When the officer got behind the vehicle, the suspect reportedly began to rapidly speed up. The officer turned on the squad car's lights and siren, and reported the Hyundai Elantra continued to increase speed fleeing from the officer.

The vehicle crossed over the median on Washington Street where it approaches Gillis Avenue into oncoming traffic. There the vehicle went up onto the sidewalk and struck a light pole, causing significant damage to the vehicle and disabling it on the sidewalk near the Sakura Express restaurant.

Brainerd police reported the driver was taken by ambulance from the scene to Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. The woman was discharged from the hospital and then transported to jail, where she awaits arraignment on possible charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fourth-degree driving while intoxicated and other charges related to the initial hit-and-run crash.

According to police, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle is a felony. The woman was held at gunpoint following the crash.

"These situations then become a felony stop when the fleeing has ended and officers typically conduct felony vehicle stops at gunpoint until they can determine that the scene is safe and have taken the people involved into custody," police reported.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Brainerd Police Department at 218-829-2805. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office assisted with this incident.