A high-speed chase north of the Twin Cities led to a suspect ramming a squad car and driving more than 100 mph before being arrested early Tuesday morning.
According to the Chisago County Sheriff's Office, the incident began when the suspect filled his tank with gas and fled a Holiday gas station in North Branch without paying. A deputy spotted the vehicle traveling north in Interstate 35 north of North Branch, and when the deputy tried to make a traffic stop the suspect fled at over 100 mph.
The man left the interstate at an exit to Rush City and then jumped right back onto I-35 before exiting again in Rock Creek, going northbound in the southbound lanes and turning all of the vehicle's lights off, prompting the deputy to call off the chase.
The suspect took an exit to Pine City, and because he was still within visual, the deputy took the exit and followed, at which point the suspect rammed his SUV into the front driver's side of the patrol vehicle and then fled southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35.
Pursuit continued along the interstate when the suspect again took an exit to Rock Creek and went southbound on Forest Boulevard, where North Branch police deployed stop sticks and the suspect was stopped with a PIT maneuver.
The suspect then took off running before a K-9 officer brought him to the ground with more officers close behind to make an arrest.
The suspect, a 39 year old, is facing charges of fleeing in a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, fleeing on foot, obstruction with force, and driving with a revoked license.