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High-speed chase ends with juvenile crashing vehicle west of Osage

An overturned and stolen GMC Suburban lies in a field west of Osage where it struck a road sign and was then struck by a State Patrol squad car. Both vehicles were heavily damaged in the chase. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A high-speed pursuit through eastern Becker County Wednesday morning came to an abrupt halt in a farmer's field west of Osage when the pursued vehicle and patrol car chasing it crashed.

The teenage driver of a stolen North Dakota-licensed GMC Suburban was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Becker County jail. State Patrol Trooper Brandon Bibich, who was pursuing the vehicle, said the driver refused to identify himself for the first day he was in custody, or cooperate with authorities.

Bibich said the vehicle likely was stolen from Fargo sometime Tuesday night.

Because the suspect is a juvenile, the State Patrol said his identity would not be released. He is believed to be 16. Charges are pending.

The pursuit, which reached speeds of 90 mph, began around 7 a.m. when motorists on Highway 34 called in reports of a vehicle swerving on the highway. Repeated calls from motorists helped State Patrol officers locate the vehicle between Toad Lake and Snellman, where the driver apparently refused to stop.

The chase went east through Snellman and ended at the intersection of Becker County 225, one mile west of Osage, when a Patrol car apparently nudged the GMC off the road, crashing into it.

The GMC had taken the northbound roadway. The Patrol said no alcohol was involved. The GMC overturned when it struck a road sign, knocking it over.

Highway traffic was heavy at the time with morning commuters, holiday travelers and bicyclists out for morning exercise.

Fire trucks from the Park Rapids Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after the crash to extinguish flames from the impact.

The GMC appeared to be extensively damaged. The State Patrol vehicle involved had significant front end damage. It had to be towed back to Detroit Lakes on a flatbed trailer.