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By Sarah Smith, Published July 08 2009

UPDATED: Stolen Fargo vehicle crashes near Osage after high speed chase

UPDATED 12:16 p.m.

OSAGE, Minn. – A high-speed pursuit through eastern Becker County Wednesday morning came to an abrupt halt in a farmer’s field west of Osage.

The driver of a stolen North Dakota-licensed GMC truck was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Becker County jail. State Patrol Trooper Brandon Bibich, who was pursuing the vehicle, said the driver has refused to identify himself or cooperate with authorities while in custody. Bibich said the vehicle likely was stolen from Fargo sometime Tuesday night.

The pursuit began around 7 a.m. when motorists on Highway 34 called in reports of a vehicle swerving on the highway. Repeated calls from motorists helped State Patrol officers locate the vehicle between Toad Lake and Snellman, where the driver apparently refused to stop.

The chase went through Snellman and ended at the intersection of Becker County 225, one mile west of Osage, when a Patrol car apparently nudged the GMC off the road, crashing into it.

The GMC had apparently taken the northbound roadway.

Traffic at the time was heavy on the highway with morning commuters, holiday travelers and bicyclists out for morning exercise.

Fire trucks from the Park Rapids Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after the crash to extinguish flames from the impact.

The GMC appeared to be extensively damaged. The State Patrol vehicle involved had significant front end damage.

Smith is a reporter for the Park Rapids (Minn.) Enterprise, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.