BURNETT/POLK—Two vehicles driving at high speeds on two separate days sent Burnett, Polk, and Pine County officials in hot pursuit last week.
The first occurred mid-afternoon on Aug. 22. Burnett and Pine County Deputies and Mille Lacs Tribal police were in pursuit of a suspect in a stolen vehicle fleeing law enforcement heading eastbound on Highway 77 into the Danbury area.
The suspect, later identified as Blake R. Vosburg, 26, Hopkins, abandoned the vehicle on Glendenning Road at the Yellow River bridge. The suspect then jumped into the river in an attempt to avoid arrest. Burnett County deputies were able to incline Vosburg to exit the water at the landing near East Yellow River Road. He was arrested without further incident and escorted to the Burnett County Jail and later transferred to the Pine County Jail.
The second chase began in Siren and ended with the arrest of Randy D. Search, 44, of Chisago City, Minn.
At 11:50 p.m., Aug. 24 in The Village of Siren, a deputy noticed a car traveling at excessive speeds on Highway 35. The officer pursued the vehicle which then “pulled over and stopped very quickly.”
When the deputy exited his squad to address the driver, the suspect pulled back onto the roadway and drove south. This happened once more and the vehicle continued south on Highway 35 into Polk County.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was notified and officials setup a stop zone south of Frederic on 35 and deployed stop-sticks – tire deflation devices for use in a high speed chase.
The suspect crossed the stop-sticks and came to a stop a short distance further. Search was at first taken into custody by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, but quickly transfered to the Burnett County Jail.
This all the information known as of press time.
All information received via the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office.