Suspect arrested near Garfield after chase involving three agencies

A chase involving three law enforcement agencies and a suspect with a felony warrant ended with no injuries shortly after an Osakis police officer forced the suspect’s vehicle off the road Wednesday night, April 15.

The pursuit began shortly before 8 p.m. when a state trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation on Interstate 94 near West Union.

The driver, Jay Kyle Roberts, 32, of Brooklyn Park, fled westbound on the freeway, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Osakis Police Department and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies joined the pursuit as Roberts continued driving west.

Tire-deflating devices known as stop sticks were placed on the freeway but Roberts avoided them.


An Osakis police officer then conducted a “pursuit intervention tactic” or PIT maneuver near the Garfield exit and the vehicle left the road.

Roberts fled on foot into a nearby swamp but was soon arrested without incident. He was transported to the Douglas County Jail, pending charges for fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot, driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety, and for a felony arrest warrant, according to the sheriff’s office.

Two passengers in the vehicle were released after law enforcement determined they didn’t commit any crimes.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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