Suspected drunk driver in robbery semi-arrested after chase

Avon, Mn (KROC-AM News) – A suspected drunk driver led law enforcement officers in a chase in a stolen semi-truck in central Minnesota yesterday.

The Avon Police Department said the pursuit began after Avon police officers and other Stearns County law enforcement officers spotted the stolen semi-tractor and trailer on the I- 94. They had been alerted to watch the rig after it was reported that the semi-tractor towing a 44ft flatbed trailer loaded with a blue forklift had been stolen from a parking lot in Fridley and the owner told him followed.

A news release says officers attempted a traffic stop on westbound I-94, but the suspected thief refused to stop. Subject officers then pursued the stolen tractor-trailer and deployed arresting sticks, which caused a front tire of the truck to explode near the New Munich exit, approximately 10 miles from the area where the pursuit began.

The driver, identified as Isaac Birdingground Junior, then lost control and the tractor-trailer crashed into the north ditch along the highway. Officials said the Montana man was arrested without incident and no injuries were reported.

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