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Sheriff: Deputy bitten after suspect arrested following high-speed chase in Crow Wing County

Sheriff: Deputy bitten after suspect arrested following high-speed chase in Crow Wing County Photo: KSTP

March 22, 2019 01:55 PM

The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department says a deputy was bitten on the hand while processing a suspect who allegedly led law enforcement on a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour early Friday morning.

A release said a deputy patrolling in Nisswa reportedly observed a suspicious vehicle at a Holiday Station Store there. The vehicle was believed to be similar to one mentioned in a theft call earlier in nearby Baxter.

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Based on the deputy's suspicion, and the alleged behavior of the driver, the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the release said.

However, attempts to stop the vehicle failed, and the driver - later identified as 35-year-old Joseph Lee Samuelson of Minneapolis - allegedly led authorities on a chase - at one point traveling southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 371 in Baxter. The release said Samuelson eventually lost control of the vehicle in Brainerd and was apprehended without further incident.

It was while processing him on suspicion of DWI that the release said the deputy was allegedly bitten.

It goes on to state the vehicle had previously been reported stolen from Brooklyn Park on Wednesday, and that items similar to those reported stolen in Baxter were also observed.

Samuelson has been booked into the Crow Wing County Jail.

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