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High-speed pursuit in two counties results in arrest – Speeds reach as high as 120 miles per hour

By Staff | Dec 19, 2007

GRUVER–In the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 15, an Emmet County dispatcher was notified that a Dickinson County deputy was in a high-speed pursuit of a vehicle, traveling 93 miles per hour and heading east on Highway 9 coming into Emmet County.

The vehicle being pursued was a 1997 Dodge with Michigan plates being driven by Patrick Lee Warren, 38, South Haven, MI.

Dickinson County Sheriff Gregory Baloun said the driver failed to stop for one of his deputies.

It was after 1:35 a.m. the pursuit continued east into Emmet County on Highway 9 going through Estherville on Central Avenue and then continued east on Highway 9.

Baloun said Estherville officers were not able to deploy tire deflation devices in time and the pursuit continued east through town.

When an Emmet County deputy saw the speeding vehicle approaching, he advised pursuing officers the stop sticks were in place near the Gruver corner.

The 1997 Dodge ran over the stop sticks as it continued east. Both front tires and the rear right tire were punctured. The vehicle continued about another mile before the suspect stopped his vehicle. He was removed at gunpoint and handcuffed.

Warren was transported back to Dickinson County where he was charged with attempting to elude, OWI-second offense, possession of a controlled substance, no driver’s license and speeding. He is being held in the Dickinson County Jail on an $8,000 bond.

Assisting the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department was the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department and the Estherville Police Department.

The pursuit covered about 17 miles and lasted nearly 11 minutes reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour.