Another doper making your neighborhood part of “Da Hood”. Can we stop this? Doubtful….

Man accused of tossing heroin from window during high-speed chase
By Tom Olsen Today at 5:34 p.m.

A suspected drug dealer is accused of emptying a bag of heroin from his vehicle window during a police chase that hit speeds of 100 mph early Tuesday between Carlton County and Duluth.

Authorities said Joe Lee Brown Jr., 29, fled during an attempted traffic stop and led officers on the erratic pursuit, at one point driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 35 before continuing on residential streets from Proctor into West Duluth, where he was ultimately arrested.

Brown, of Red Wing, Minn., was arraigned Friday in State District Court in Duluth on felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, third-degree sale of narcotics and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Jill Eichenwald set his bail at $30,000 at the request of the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office

According to the charges:

Investigators from the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force were conducting surveillance outside the Black Bear Casino near Carlton after receiving reports of a male selling heroin. They reported seeing a male conduct several transaction inside a black Cadillac Escalade.

The defendant and an unidentified woman left in the vehicle at about 12:15 a.m. Investigators were still working to obtain a search warrant, so a Carlton County deputy attempted to stop the vehicle as it entered northbound I-35.

As the deputy approached the Escalade on foot, the driver fled. Officers from several agencies pursued as speeds topped 100 mph through traffic in both directions along the interstate.

The Escalade pulled off at the Boundary Avenue exit in Proctor and continued at a high rate of speed. At that point, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent, traveling in an unmarked squad car, reported seeing the driver shake a greyish powder out the window from a small plastic baggie.

The chase continued along Vinland Street and Skyline Parkway with Minnesota State Patrol troopers in pursuit. Speeds topped 90 mph along the residential roads before officers apparently lost contact with the car.

The Escalade was found a short time later near the Allyndale Motel above Cody Street. Police said they believe Brown fled into the woods before he was seen by an investigator walking down 65th Avenue West and placed under arrest.

A search of the Escalade turned up two-tenths of a gram of a substance that field-tested positive for heroin. Investigators also were able to recover a plastic baggie from Boundary Avenue, which they said was consistent with the substance seized from the vehicle.

Brown’s criminal history includes convictions in Goodhue County for third-degree sale of a controlled substance and sale of a simulated controlled substance.

He remains on supervised probation in the latter case, and is also facing a pending charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance in Goodhue County.

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