Bemidji man charged with felony following high speed chase in Clearbrook

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May 12 – CLEARBROOK – A Bemidji man has been charged with misdemeanor after leading officers on a high-speed chase through Clearbrook and Gonvick Thursday night.

According to a release from the Clearbrook-Gonvick Police Department, an officer conducted a traffic stop on Thursday, May 11 at 6:20 p.m. on a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle in which a man was driving with several misdemeanor warrants.

The man, later identified as 31-year-old Dakota Medicine, of Bemidji, took off from the scene and led officers on a pursuit at speeds in excess of 110 mph.

Medics led the chase to the town of Gonvick before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot. He then ran into a residence and barricaded himself in a bedroom, the release said.

Officers entered the barricaded room and were attacked with a canister of bear mace and a knife. Agents were able to disarm Medicine and make the arrest.

Several officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the incident, the release said.

Medicine has been charged with several felonies, including first and second degree assault, assault of a police K9 and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

The Clearbrook-Gonvick Police Department was assisted by the Bagley Police Department, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office, Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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