Two arrested for stealing from Hermantown Walmart and fleeing police

Two arrested for stealing from Hermantown Walmart and fleeing police Photo: WDIO

Updated: July 13, 2020 10:37 PM

Two men are facing charges after fleeing the scene of a possible theft.

Around 6:15 p.m., Hermantown Police Officers were dispatched to Walmart, on a report of a male shoplifter who was allegedly concealing merchandise into a backpack. 

Officers arrived and learned the male suspect was leaving the Walmart parking lot in a motor vehicle with another male. Officers did a license plate check, finding the vehicle was recently stolen from Duluth. Officers say they attempted to perform a felony traffic stop on the two men, but the vehicle fled south on Loberg Avenue, towards Maple Grove Road at a high rate of speed. Officers ended the pursuit near the Volkswagon dealership.

Authorities say within minutes, they drove upon a crash involving that stolen vehicle, which had left the roadway near the intersection of Stebner Road and Maple Grove Road. The vehicle crashed into a utility box that controls traffic signals at that intersection. Authorities say the two men fled on foot into the woods, but were located a short time later with assistance from nearby residents and K-9 Jack. The two men were arrested.

The stoplights at Maple Grove Road and Stebner Road are temporarily out because of the crash. 

Both suspects were taken to the hospital with minor injuries sustained in the crash, as well as for observation after officers learned both were under the influence of heroin. They both face charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Criminal Damage to Property, Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, 5th Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Reckless Driving. 

The Hermantown Police Department was assisted by the Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, and the Proctor Police Department. 

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