17-Year-Old Charged in Connection with High Speed Chase

By KBJR News 1

17-Year-Old Charged in Connection with High Speed Chase

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A 17-year-old boy has been charged with multiple counts following a high speed chase in Grand Rapids Thursday afternoon.

A juvenile petition was filed in Itasca County District Court charging the 17 year old suspect with one count of felony Domestic Assault; three felony counts of Use of Deadly Force Against a Peace Officer; one count of Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle; one count of Fourth Degree Driving While Impaired, and one count of Duty to Drive with Due Care.

Authorities took the suspect into custody after a high speed chase that reached speeds upward of 100 miles per hour, according to Grand Rapids Police.

Police said at least one department squad car and a sheriff's squad were damaged during the chase which started in Blackberry, MN.

Police say the suspect also tried to intentionally run civilians off the road.

One officer opened fire during the chase in an attempt to end the pursuit. That officer has been identified as Officer William Saw, a three-year veteran with the Grand Rapids Police.

The Itasca Co. Sheriff's Department was the initial responder and was later joined by Grand Rapids police.

"The vehicle was entering the Grand Rapids city limits when we encountered the vehicle and during that encounter an officer fired at the vehicle. No one was hit or injured," said Grand Rapids Asst. Police Chief Steven Schaar.

The chase finally came to an end along Highway 169 south of Grand Rapids.

The officer who shot his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the incident.

The 17-year-old's next court appearance for this incident will be on July 8th.

Kevin Jacobsen
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