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Suspect crashes after pursuit in Crosslake, Jenkins

A 26-year-old Wayzata man was arrested Saturday night, June 23, after taking law enforcement on a 10-minute pursuit with speeds up to 100 mph that began in Crosslake and ended near Jenkins.

Crosslake Police Chief Erik Lee said officers were searching for the man 24 hours before the pursuit began. Lee said the man was kicked out of two bars - Moonlite Bay and Zorbaz - Friday night into Saturday early morning for erratic behavior. The man then entered a Crosslake residence Saturday morning where he was not welcome. Lee said the homeowner did not know the man and he did not report the incident until a few hours later.

Lee said police wanted to find the man to talk to him about his erratic behavior and cite him for trespassing. About 8:42 p.m. Saturday, police received another report of the suspect at Pine Peaks Retreat Center on Swanburg Road in Timothy Township.

Shortly after the report at Pine Peaks, an officer located the man at Moonlite Square convenience gas station and a pursuit began near the intersection of Crow Wing County highways 16 and 66 in Crosslake. The man led police from County Highway 16 to Highway 371, just south of Jenkins, where the crash occurred.

A Breezy Point officer initiated a pursuit intervention tactic, or PIT maneuver, to stop the vehicle, when it slammed into a stoplight post. Lee said the man traveled at speeds of up to 100 mph and was swerving through traffic on and off the road.

The man was transported to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries and then released and booked into the Crow Wing County Jail in Brainerd. According to the in-custody list, the man was booked for three felonies of fleeing an officer, first- and second-degree assault and three misdemeanors of reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and speeding.

The Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point and Nisswa police departments, Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, North Memorial Ambulance, Pequot Lakes Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol assisted at the scene.