High-Speed Chase: Juvenile Driver Charged

Posted at: 07/05/2013 1:01 AM | Updated at: 07/05/2013 3:03 PM
By: EMILY HAAVIK
ehaavik@wdio.com

No one was injured in an officer-involved shooting that took place Thursday evening during a high-speed chase in Grand Rapids.

The Itasca County Sheriff's Office was involved in the chase in the Blackberry area at approximately 5:35 p.m., according to a press release. It started as a domestic assault call.

The sheriff's office requested assistance from the Grand Rapids Police Department with the pursuit, which went up to 100 miles per hour.

During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle tried to ram and run police cars and civilian vehicles off the road, according to Grand Rapids police.

When the vehicle entered Grand Rapids, a police officer fired a weapon at the vehicle. He has been identified as Officer William Saw, a 3 year veteran on the Grand Rapids police force. Authorities said no one was hit or injured.

The pursuit ended 10 miles south of Grand Rapids. The suspect was apprehended with help from the Minnesota State Patrol.

He is 17-years-old and from Grand Rapids. He now faces multiple felonies including: domestic assault, use of deadly force against a peace officer, and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Lesser charges include DWI and duty to drive with due.

The sheriff's office said the officer was placed on standard paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Two law enforcement officers suffered minor injuries during the call.

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