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Teen dies following high speed chase through Beltrami County

A teenage motorist has died of injuries following a high speed chase early Saturday morning in Beltrami County.

According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department a deputy stopped the car around 4:45 a.m. for a suspected DWI.

While authorities were interrogating the driver, the 16-year-old passenger took the wheel and sped northbound on Bemidji Avenue.

Four patrol cars joined the chase, which reached speeds of 100 mph, swerving "from lane to lane," the news release stated.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a curve north of Turtle River, 12 miles from Bemidji. It rolled into a stand of trees, ejecting the driver.

The teen was airlifted to Sanford Health Center in Fargo where he later died.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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