A fugitive from Wisconsin led Minnesota deputies on a 100 mph chase in a stolen vehicle, continuing even after his tires had been punctured, and then jumped from a bridge over the St. Louis River to evade capture, according to charges.
The dramatic chase unfolded on the evening of Feb. 17, starting in Moose Lake, Carlton County, when a vehicle owner reported their car being stolen outside of Poor Gary's Pizza.
Deputies on the lookout for the stolen vehicle spotted it being driven northbound on I-35 a short time later, pulled alongside it, and snapped a photo of the driver before activating their emergency lights and sirens.
But rather than stopping, the suspect – later identified as Anthony Seaberg, 36, of Superior, Wisconsin – accelerated to speeds near 100 mph, "attempting to elude deputies," per the criminal complaint.
He managed to keep driving he car even after its tires had been deflated by police stop sticks, eventually reaching Duluth.
It was there that he crashed into a concrete barrier near the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge, which connects Minnesota and Wisconsin over the St. Louis River, with the charges saying he was making to cross the bridge into Wisconsin.
"Deputies watched as the man exited the stolen vehicle from the passenger side and then jumped over the side of the bridge, to land about 35 foot below in the snow," the complaint says.
Efforts to find the suspect were initially unsuccessful, but he was found a few hours later by a security guard in Duluth, with local police arresting him. He was recognized by deputies as he was wearing the same clothes as captured in the picture they took when they pulled alongside on I-35.
It later emerged that Seaberg was a fugitive, with a warrant issued by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in January relating to a house burglary conviction in 2019. The charges state he was paroled for six years in November 2019 but broke the terms of the parole in August 2020 by absconding.
Wisconsin DOC has filed a petition for Seaberg's return to the state.