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Both this squad car and stolen vehicle being pursued sustained heavy damage last summer during a high speed chase that ended on Highway 34 near Osage. (Sarah Smith /Enterprise)

High-speed chases: A necessary risk?

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When a Hubbard County farmer had his fields torn up last summer during the high-speed pursuit of a stolen pickup truck, the three damaged squad cars that limped away from the farm told their own story - pursuits are risky business.


"It's probably the most dangerous thing a police officer can do, the most dangerous thing that can occur to endanger society," said Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon.

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