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UPDATED: Hubbard County deputy injured making arrest after high speed chase

The suspect in a high speed chase Wednesday afternoon crashed his car on County 37 north of Akeley. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

A Hubbard County deputy was taken to a Bemidji hospital Wednesday afternoon for injuries suffered making an arrest in a high-speed chase.

Dan May was one of numerous officers involved in the chase that started around 2:30 pm. on the east side of Hubbard County.

May was attacked by the suspect driver's dog as he tried to apprehend the man on County Road 37 when the chase ended in a crash.

Jesse James Johnson, 30, was taken into custody and is awaiting the filing of charges.

An ambulance crew was canceled as May was taken to Sanford Hospital by another officer.

The chase is believed to have begun on County 39 and headed southward. Numerous officers, including Hubbard and Cass County deputies, the State Patrol and a DNR conservation officer, joined in.

Cass County was alerted when the chase appeared to be heading toward County 38 into that neighboring county.

But it veered westward onto County 37 instead. Car track indicate the driver lost control on the gravel road and crashed into a tree.

A news release said Johnson's two pit bulls inflicted "serious injuries" to May's arm. James is a career criminal with convictions in at least eight counties dating back to 1999. He had an active warrant for a 5th Degree Drug Possession case, which the officers were trying to serve at the time.

Sarah Smith

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

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