Man arrested after high-speed chase on I-35

Man arrested after high-speed chase on I-35 Photo: Chisago County Sheriff's Department

January 15, 2019 09:51 AM

The Chisago County Sheriff's Department says a 39-year-old man was booked into the Chisago County jail Tuesday morning following a high-speed chase on Interstate 35.

A Facebook post from the department said Timothy Lee Olson was cleared at a local hospital, then taken to jail following his arrest.

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The post said the pursuit began following a report of a drive-off at a gas station in North Branch.  A deputy in the area on Interstate 35 saw a vehicle matching the description provided heading north on the interstate.

The deputy reportedly began pursuit and attempted a traffic stop, but the post alleges the suspect accelerated to a high rate of speed - reaching over 100 miles per hour. The post said the suspect exited and reentered the freeway twice, the second time going north in the southbound lane while turning off all his vehicle lights.


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It was at that point, according to the post, that the deputy made the decision to cancel the pursuit. The suspect is then alleged to have exited the freeway again in Pine City while still within the deputy's sight. The vehicle then reportedly rammed the deputy's squad in the front driver side portion of the car.

After the suspect got back on the interstate heading south in the northbound lanes, the post states the deputy reactivated his emergency lights and the Pine County Sheriff's Office assisted in the chase.

Eventually, the vehicle was stopped after exiting the freeway in Rock Creek. The North Branch Police Department was able to deploy stop sticks and a PIT maneuver was conducted. The man fled on foot before another deputy and his K9 partner were able to apprehend him.

The post said Olson already had three felony warrants outstanding.

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