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Suspect caught near Miltona after 10-hour chase, search

Chris Carman

A suspect wanted on a felony warrant was apprehended near Miltona Tuesday after a chase and manhunt by law enforcement that spanned nearly 10 hours.

Christopher Carman, 46, of Nelson, was apprehended by Douglas County sheriff's deputies at about 5:15 p.m.

The incident began at 7:29 a.m. when a deputy tried to pull over Carman's vehicle. Carman had felony warrants out for his arrest and was also driving on a suspended license, according to authorities.

Instead of stopping, Carman reportedly sped off and a short pursuit took place. He then fled from his vehicle on foot into a corn field east of Miltona.

For several hours, authorities searched areas in and around Primrose Road, County Road 65 and County Road 14 about three miles east of Miltona.

The search included K-9 units and multiple sweeps of the area by helicopter and airplane.

As a precautionary measure, the Miltona Magnet Elementary School and Carlos Elementary School were in a security lockdown.

After deputies located him, a short standoff took place and the suspect finally surrendered to authorities.

Carman has a long criminal history dating back to 1988. His convictions include assault with a dangerous weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, multiple burglary and theft offenses, check forgery, receiving stolen property, drunk driving, driving with a revoked license, no proof of insurance and speeding.

He is being held at the Douglas County Jail awaiting charges. Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson said Wednesday that he would likely be charged with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a felony, and fleeing a peace officer on foot, a misdemeanor.

Assisting the sheriff's office were the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and North Ambulance.