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Driver of stolen vehicle flees police, ejected in rollover crash near Virginia

The pursuit happened Sunday around noon near the City of Virginia.

A high-speed police chase in northern Minnesota ended with the fleeing driver being ejected in a rollover crash. 

The pursuit began just after noon Sunday in a rural area near the City of Virginia when deputies from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop the driver of a stolen vehicle. 

The suspect, a 33-year-old Ely man, ignored the attempts and led deputies and officers from surrounding police departments on a high-speed chase that lasted for approximately 15 miles. 

Spike strips were deployed to slow the driver, but he "continued to drive in a dangerous manner causing a risk to the safety of the other citizens traveling in the area," a release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said. 

As deputies were attempted to end the pursuit with a P.I.T. maneuver, the Ely man lost control and was ejected in a rollover crash. He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a Duluth-area hospital for treatment. 

"The driver will be facing several felony charges once released from the hospital," the sheriff's department said. 

There was no damage to property or injuries to anyone else during the incident. 

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