A man whom the Chisago County Sheriff's Office called "not the brightest crayon in the box" was arrested following a Saturday night chase in east-central Minnesota.
The man, also described as a "decent runner," is accused of stealing another man's truck while the owner was fueling the vehicle at a Casey's gas station in Taylor's Falls.
The suspect was spotted by a sheriff's deputy less than 60 seconds after the theft was reported, which led to a westbound pursuit on Hwy. 8 all the way to Center City, "literally to the front doors of our Sheriff's Office," which the sheriff's report explains was the "1st clue this guy was not the brightest crayon in the box and a hint he probably wasn't from the area."
A PIT maneuver forced the man off the roadway and into the ditch. He then got out of the vehicle and ran, with the sheriff's office describing him as a "rather decent runner."
Authorities from numerous neighboring law enforcement agencies set up a perimeter only to receive a call from a woman who said a man she was giving a ride to the Hazelden Betty Ford Treatment Center in Center City had gotten out of her vehicle and ran.
She said the man came to her home, knocked on the door and was out of breath while asking for a ride to the rehabilitation complex.
Another perimeter was set up and a K9 named Stryker and a deputy trekked through the snow, partially frozen swamps and woods for "several miles" before the suspect was located hiding on top of a hay bale at a farm.
The man again resisted arrested and tried to run, only to be tracked down by the K9. Once the K9 was called off, the man began fighting two deputies, which led to the dog being released on him again.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was eventually taken into custody and booked into the Chisago County Jail.
The sheriff's office added: "Pro Tips:- Don’t take vehicles from people.- Give up peacefully when you’ve been caught."