Police pursue stolen vehicle at high speeds on Viking, suspect charged

A 22-year-old Wisconsin man was arraigned Feb. 25 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges of motor vehicle theft and fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

Bradley Michael Olsen of Dresser, Wis., stole a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer from a Bethel woman with whom he had been living for a week after she told him to leave when he came home with a crystal-like substance and was acting erratically, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities were alerted around 4 a.m. Feb. 23 and initially stopped Olsen in East Bethel on Viking Boulevard near East Bethel Boulevard, but he allegedly drove away when an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy was in his vehicle giving Olsen a verbal command to come out of the vehicle.

One supplemental report from a deputy alleged that pursuit speeds ranged from 80 mph to 110 mph as they headed east on Viking Boulevard, toward Wyoming Township. An officer from this jurisdiction drove head-on toward Olsen to get him to stop, but Olsen allegedly sped by in the other lane.

Olsen allegedly attempted to get onto northbound I-35, but spun out. At that point, one of the deputies used the squad car to push the Trailblazer into a ditch filled with snow so Olsen would get stuck.

According to the supplemental report, officers broke out two windows to get him out of the vehicle because it was locked and they did not want him to put down his hands to open it.

During the pursuit, they allegedly received a report that Olsen may have a weapon.

According to the complaint, Olsen had multiple warrants for his arrest, including a felony warrant out of Anoka County.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

 

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