Chase begins near Hibbing and ends in Mountain Iron – Duluth News Tribune
Chase begins near Hibbing and ends in Mountain Iron – Duluth News Tribune

HIBBING – A dangerous chase ended Thursday afternoon with the arrest of the suspect.

Just before 1 p.m. Thursday, a St. Louis County detective’s patrol car was struck on Minnesota State Highway 37 by a westbound Chevy Silverado pickup truck that crossed the center line and nearly struck the officer head-on, according to a report from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigator was nearly forced off the road and had to turn around to stop the vehicle, which had continued west and then turned north onto US Highway 169 at the Hibbing traffic circle.

The driver initially stopped and when it was discovered that he was wanted on Crow Wing County warrants, the suspect was notified that he was being arrested. However, the driver refused to exit the vehicle and fled the scene, traveling north on Highway 169 at a high rate of speed. Emergency crews initially pursued him, but due to the driver’s behavior and the danger he posed to the public, the pursuit was terminated at the Hibbing Bulk Tanks as the vehicle fled north on Highway 169 toward Chisholm.

A short time later, several callers reported that the same vehicle entered a construction site in Chisholm at dangerous speeds. Traffic on the road narrowed to one lane and the suspect’s vehicle forced several cars off the road and also struck construction barrels, sending them into the path of oncoming traffic, damaging vehicles as it continued north. The accident report states that the pickup truck nearly collided with a group of construction workers at a construction site near Buhl.

Due to the increasing threat to public safety, officers resumed the pursuit. As the vehicle approached Mountain Iron, officers placed stop sticks in its path to puncture the tires and end the pursuit. The driver continued to accelerate anyway and struck several construction barrels, including one that sailed into the hood of a patrol car, shattering its windshield and causing minor glass injuries to an officer. The suspect’s vehicle then drove into the median on Highway 169 west of Walmart and came to a stop a short time later.

The suspect, 24-year-old Kaleb Clark Sandy, was arrested and transported to Essentia Health Virginia for a medical evaluation. He was then booked into the St. Louis County Jail in Virginia to face charges of hit and run, second-degree assault, reckless driving, criminal damage to property and driving while intoxicated.

Agencies assisting the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest include Hibbing Police, Chisholm Police, Virginia Police and Minnesota State Patrol.

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By Liam