UPDATE: Man in jail for leading authorities on chase with speeds reaching 100 mph

Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 11:28 AM CDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Minn. (Valley News Live) - A man is now in jail after authorities say he led Clay County deputies on a chase.

Just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, a deputy tried to stop a vehicle on I-94 near mile marker 27, which is east of Barnesville. The Sheriff’s Office says the deputy tried to pull the vehicle over for speeding, a suspended object hanging from the mirror, and the driver possibly having a suspended license.

The driver initially pulled over but then drove off. The deputy followed the vehicle eastbound on I-94 entering Wilkin County. The driver then exited I-94 on Hwy. 108 and then came back westbound on I-94 with the deputy still pursuing the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office says speeds of the vehicle ranged from 60 to 100 miles per hour. Two troopers were in the Barnesville area as the vehicle was approaching and they deployed stop sticks, flattening three tires on the vehicle.

The driver continued westbound on I-94 at 75 miles per hour with deputies still in pursuit. A Glyndon police officer deployed another set of stop sticks near Hwy. 336, which flattened the last tire on the vehicle. The driver continued westbound at speeds between 50 and 60 miles per hour. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it came to a stop against the media cable barriers on I-94 near 34th Street.

The driver, 41-year-old Jess Miller, was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held in the Clay County Correctional Center for Felony Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Violation of a Harassment Restraining Order, and other traffic violations.

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