Authorities Search for Man after High-Speed Chase

Posted at: 08/21/2013 10:22 PM | Updated at: 08/21/2013 10:39 PM

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase for more than 50 miles.

The Sheriff's Office says a deputy was making a traffic stop just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday for a reckless driver near Bemidji.

The single occupant ended up speeding off and took "measures to evade the officer," according to a press release.

Authorities say 41-year-old Edwin Lee Johnson, of Brainerd, was driving a stolen 1999 White Oldsmobile Alero with Minnesota plates. In that vehicle, Johnson allegedly went as fast as 100 miles-per-hour and forced several other vehicles off the road.

The pursuit ensued until about 55 miles north of Bemidji near Ponemah, which is on the Red Lake Reservation.

At that time the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and Red Lake Tribal Police agreed to stop the chase due to the dangerous driving of the suspect.

The suspect eventually abandoned the vehicle but was not located.

Edwin Lee Johnson is still at large. He is described as a Native American male, with closely shaven hair, 5'7", 200 lbs wearing a dark colored T shirt.

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts is urged to contact the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office at 218-333-9111.

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