A Wisconsin man who said he just wanted to race a Minnesota state trooper he encountered on a northern Minnesota interstate highway Wednesday morning is in now in jail.
The driver was heading north on I-35 near Askov, Minn. when a trooper heading to training in Duluth tried to pull him over around 6:45 a.m. The driver failed to stop and a pursuit began. It went on for 10 miles at speeds between 90 and 100 miles per hour, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the State Patrol.
Officers from Moose Lake joined the pursuit and deployed stop sticks on the freeway. The driver hit the sticks, which punctured the left front tire of the speeding Ford Ranger. When it came to rest, the driver, 42, was arrested and he told police “he was trying to race” the trooper, Nielson said.
The driver was taken to the Carlton County jail and will face felony charges of fleeing police, Nielson said.