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Suspect leads police on 26-mile pursuit in Meeker County

When the suspect stopped, he tried to get out of his car with a shotgun in hand.

A 29-year-old suspect led police on a 26-mile chase in Meeker County on Saturday. 

According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, at 10:45 p.m., a deputy initiated a traffic stop for reckless driving near the intersection of CSAH 15 and CSAH 29 in Collinwood Township. 

But the man, from rural Dassel, didn't stop, sparking a chase.

Deputies pursued the suspect for 26 miles before disabling his vehicle using spike strips. 

When deputies drove up to the suspect's vehicle, the driver began to get out with a shotgun in his hand, a news release says. A deputy used his squad car to pin the driver's door, preventing him from getting out of the vehicle. 

The driver put down the gun after a "brief standoff" and was arrested "without further incident," the sheriff's office says. 

The suspect was booked into jail. Formal charges are pending. 

Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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