Another Cartoon County man decides to take on the Po-Po. Fool….
Motorcyclist allegedly hits 100 mph on chase through Hermantown
By News Tribune on Sep 14, 2016 at 10:00 p.m.
A 38-year-old Cloquet man is accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase through Hermantown early Tuesday, driving his motorcycle both in the ditch and on the wrong side of a divided highway while reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.
Kent Bruce Olson was apprehended by a K-9 officer while ultimately attempting to flee on foot, authorities said. Olson was charged in State District Court in Duluth on Wednesday with a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
Olson faces up to three years and a day in prison and/or a $5,000 fine if convicted on the felony charge, and additional misdemeanor charges of driving after cancellation, reckless driving and speeding.
He remained in the St. Louis County Jail on Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
The Hermantown Police Department first encountered Olson at 12:54 a.m., when he was observed traveling north on Loberg Avenue going 57 mph in a 30 mph zone. After authorities pulled over Olson briefly following a right turn onto Market Street, Olson “pulled the motorcycle back into the driving lane,” turning left onto Prospect Boulevard before reaching U.S. Highway 53.
The police officer activated his sirens and pursued Olson, who began to operate his motorcycle at 80 mph before topping 100 mph while traveling north in the southbound lanes of Highway 53 during what authorities said was a 6.5-mile pursuit.
Olson eventually lost control of his motorcycle while running into the median between the northbound and southbound lanes. The officer deployed the K-9, Tuuko, after Olson fled on foot. A University of Minnesota Duluth police officer assisted with the apprehension.
Olson was found to have hypodermic needles in his front pocket, according to the criminal complaint, and officers detected an odor of alcohol. A preliminary test revealed a 0.05 blood alcohol level — below the legal limit of 0.08. Olson has a history of convictions for driving while intoxicated.
Sgt. Mark Gunderson of the Hermantown Police Department filed the complaint with the court, and told the News Tribune, “It was a good thing it was late at night and there wasn’t many vehicles around.”