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1 cop bitten, 2 high-speed chases, 3 Twin Cities men arrested

Separate high-speed chases took place in central Minnesota Thursday and Friday.
The vehicle involved in a high-speed chase in Aitkin County. 

The vehicle involved in a high-speed chase in Aitkin County. 

A Minneapolis man is in custody after allegedly fleeing police in the Brainerd area at speeds of over 100 mph and biting a cop on the hand. 

According to the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, pursuit began early Friday after a deputy spotted a suspicious vehicle at a Holiday gas station in Nisswa, with the deputy thinking the vehicle was possibly one that had been described in a theft from nearby Baxter earlier in the day. 

On that suspicion, the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, which led to multiple law enforcement agencies chasing the suspect at speeds of up to 110 mph. The erratic pursuit included the suspect driving southbound in the northbound lane of Hwy. 371 in Baxter before the driver lost control and was arrested. 

During the arrest, a deputy was bitten on the hand. 

It turned out that the vehicle had been stolen from Brooklyn Park on March 20. 

The 35-year-old suspect was booked into the Crow Wing County Jail on pending charges, including fleeing a peace officer, DWI, fourth-degree assault, obstructing the legal process and receiving stolen property. 

100 mph chase in Aitkin County

Two men are in custody after leading deputies on a 100 mph chase in central Minnesota on Thursday. 

The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office received a call about a theft and that a vehicle involved had fled the scene of the alleged crime. Deputies located the vehicle as it was heading north on Hwy. 169, and attempts to pull the driver over were ignored and a high-speed chase began. 

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Tire disabling devices were set up but the suspect was able to avoid them, eventually reaching speeds of over 100 mph before ending up in a ditch on the ramp to Interstate 35 near Carlton. 

The driver of the vehicle, which was a stolen 2017 Chevrolet Traverse from Fridley, has been identified as a 32-year-old South St. Paul man. 

The sheriff's office says Holmes was wanted for numerous felony warrants, including two charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, several felony drug charges, providing false information to police, theft, obstructing the legal process, and possession of methamphetamine. 

The other suspect, a 22-year-old Brooklyn Center man, was arrested on charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.

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