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Itasca Co. Teen Chase Suspect Pleads Guilty to 2 Counts

Created: 02/13/2014 7:00 PM WDIO.com

The teenager who allegedly led authorities on a high speed chase in Itasca County on Independence Day in 2013 has pled guilty.

Grant Gunderson was 17 years old at the time of the incident and appeared in Itasca County Juvenile Court Thursday.

Gunderson, now 18, faced five felony charges, including one count of domestic assault, three counts of use of deadly force against a peace officer, and one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He also faced two misdemeanor charges.

On Thursday, Gunderson pled guilty to to the felony crime of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and the misdemeanor crime of fourth degree driving while impaired.

This all comes after a car chase on the Fourth of July, which ended in about nine miles south of Grand Rapids on Highway 169.

Authorities say Gunderson was trying to ram police and other cars off the road. An officer fired at the vehicle at one point during the chase. No one was injured. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

"The defendants actions put many lives at risk and thankfully no one was hurt or killed as a result. The use of drugs played a significant role in the defendant's behavior in the incident," Itasca County Attorney John Muhar said in a statement. "This case is a chilling reminder to the community of the danger of drugs."

Sentencing is set for March 19th.

Itasca County, July 2013

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