What do these scumbags find so alluring in Cartoon County? Thankfully, only the bad guy was hurt.

Man charged in wrong-way, high-speed chase through Cloquet
By Tom Olsen Today at 12:45 a.m.

A Minneapolis man was arraigned Tuesday after allegedly stealing a car and crashing it during a “lengthy and dangerous” high-speed pursuit through Carlton County.lumbar c.PDF

Authorities said Charles Michael Lumbar attempted to elude marked squad cars, driving the wrong way on Minnesota Highway 33 through Cloquet, before crashing and rolling the Toyota Scion along Big Lake Road in Cloquet Sunday morning.

Lumbar, 29, was arraigned Tuesday in State District Court in Carlton on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor theft.

Police said Lumbar also appeared to have been involved in another pursuit along Interstate 35 through Duluth earlier Sunday, ramming a squad car during the process.

A trooper began following the car after recognizing it as a stolen vehicle at about 7 a.m. Sunday in Carlton County, according to a criminal complaint. The chase proceeded along Highway 33 and several city streets, with additional troopers joining the pursuit and unsuccessfully attempting to stop the vehicle before the crash.

Lumbar initially declined medical treatment, but was later transported to a local hospital after complaining of arm and back pain, according to police scanner traffic posted to the MN Police Clips website. He was subsequently booked into the Carlton County Jail.

Authorities said information was obtained linking Lumbar to the theft of a vehicle from West Duluth earlier in the day. Lumbar was allegedly found in possession of cash stolen from a purse that was left in the car, according to the complaint.

A State Patrol spokesman did not respond to a request for additional information Tuesday.

At the time of his arrest, Lumbar had an active warrant out for his arrest in another vehicle theft case. He’s accused of stealing a vehicle in Cloquet on Oct. 30, according to those charges.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay on Tuesday set Lumbar’s bail at $20,000 with conditions or $2,000 without. The amount is consecutive to the $10,000/$1,000 amount set in his earlier vehicle theft case.

He’s due back in court on Monday.

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