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Teen dies following high speed chase through Beltrami County

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region Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

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.

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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.

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