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PURSUIT ENDS IN INTENTIONAL CRASH

Blackduck, Minnesota – A 52 year old Grygla man was arrested after a pursuit and intentionally crashing into a Bemidji Police Department squad car. At 1:13AM March 16, 2024, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and a Blackduck Police Officer were on patrol in the City of Blackduck when they observed a vehicle stopped at an intersection. The vehicle remained stationary despite no opposing traffic. The deputy then observed the vehicle proceed and signaled a turn but failed to execute the turn. Additional driving behavior was observed and a traffic stop was initiated.

The vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed and proceeded south on US Highway 71. The pursuit reached speeds of 100mph as the suspect approached Hines. The vehicle turned east on Hines Rd and the deputy was attempting to perform a pursuit intervention technique when the vehicle entered the ditch and proceeded back to Highway 71. A Minnesota State Trooper and another Beltrami County Deputy successfully deployed tire deflation devices.

Bemidji Police Officers were at Farley Drive and Highway 71 when the suspect vehicle intentionally attempted to hit one of the squad cars. The officer was able to maneuver his squad to avoid a head on collision but was subsequently struck on the driver’s rear side of the squad. The suspect vehicle became disabled at the tree line. Deputies and officers attempted to apprehend the suspect but he resisted arrest and was sprayed to gain compliance.

The suspect was identified as Jason Moe, age 52 of Grygla and has been charged with was arrested for fleeing in a motor vehicle, first degree assault use of deadly force on a peace officer, second degree driving while impaired and obstruction with force. Moe was transported to the Bemidji Sanford Medical Center and later medically cleared and taken into custody. No other injuries were reported. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Blackduck Police Department, Bemidji Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Bemidji Ambulance Service.

-Sheriff Jason Riggs

 

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