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Two elude officers after high-speed chase in Osceola

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Osceola police are searching for two people after a high-speed chase in the Village of Osceola.

On April 3 at 11:16 p.m. police attempted to stop a 2002 green Chevrolet Trail Blazer; however, the driver sped away an officer approached.

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According to a release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the fleeing vehicle drive northbound on Highway 35 from Osceola and immediately began driving recklessly and in the wrong lane of traffic. Other officers were requested to assist and made several attempts to deploy road spikes to stop the offender; however, the driver was able to avoid those attempts.

The chase ended in a farm field in Lorain Township, near the intersection of County Road E and County Road EE. The occupants abandoned the vehicle and ran into a large wooded area. Officers were able to immediately take on of the passengers into custody after a short K-9 search.

The Minnesota State Patrol responded with their air unit; however the remaining occupants were unable to be located.

The chase lasted about 41 minutes over a distance of 53 miles. The top reported speed was 90 mph. During the chase numerous items were thrown from the vehicle, including a spare tire and full tool box.

A loaded handgun was also found in the vehicle, along with two other calibers of ammunition.

The person in custody is identified as Tanya St. John, 22, of Hinkley, Minn. Charges from recklessly endangering safety and resisting arrest have been referred to the district attorney's office.

The investigation of this incident continues.

Assisting the Polk County Sheriff's Office was the Osceola, St. Croix Falls, Centuria, Milltown, Luck and Amery police departments, Burnett and Barron counties sheriff's offices, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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