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Itasca County man with illegal ammunition, firearms leads authorities on chase in stolen vehicle

Itasca County man with illegal ammunition, firearms leads authorities on chase in stolen vehicle Photo: MGN Images

June 18, 2019 11:23 AM

A Bovey man faces charges, including four felonies, in connection to multiple crimes last week, according to the Itasca County Attorney's Office.

Twenty-five-year-old Nicholas Michael Raimondi faces eight charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition, theft of a firearm, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and criminal vehicular operation, among others.

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A criminal complaint details the following:

On June 14, a deputy was investigating reports of two stolen vehicles and learned Raimondi was a suspect. According to authorities, Raimondi had an active felony probation warrant from the county and had his driving privileges revoked.

When the deputy drove past an address near where the two stolen vehicles had been seen, the deputy saw Raimondi standing next to the two stolen trucks. The deputy reported the vehicles and asked for assistance.

As the deputy circled back to the residence, he reported seeing Raimondi driving one of the trucks with another person in the passenger seat. Although the deputy activated his vehicle's emergency lights and siren, Raimondi refused to stop and instead led the deputy on a chase that exceeded speeds of 105 miles per hour.

After a lengthy chase, Raimondi lost control of the truck once the deputy struck the back end of the truck with his squad. The pickup Raimondi and his passenger were in crashed into a tree. Raimondi then got out of the truck and ran into the woods nearby.

Deputies and K9s were able to track Raimondi and took him into custody. When asked whether he had recently used any drugs, Raimondi reportedly said he had smoked methamphetamine three days prior.

Meanwhile, the passenger was taken into custody and interviewed. In a statement, the passenger told authorities Raimondi had brought weapons to the passenger's residence a few days prior to the chase. The day of the chase, Raimondi had placed hundreds of shotgun shells in the center console of the vehicle he was driving.

The passenger was treated for injuries and was later released.

A search warrant was executed at the passenger's residence, where deputies found a shotgun, a lever action rifle and ammunition. Authorities also recovered 410 shotgun shells from the center console of the truck as well as a small amount of marijuana.

In an interview, the daughter of the owner the trucks said she knows Raimondi and gave him permission to use one of the trucks while her father was out of town.

However, the trucks' owner reported the vehicles stolen. An investigation also revealed Raimondi had taken ammunition and a shotgun from the truck owner's house.

A record check revealed Raimondi has eight prior convictions.

Raimondi's next court appearance is scheduled for June 24.

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