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Man arrested after allegedly stealing go-cart
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa -- The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office entered into a hot pursuit Monday with a man on a go-cart, according to a news release.

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Mark Torjesen, 42, of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was arrested after a pursuit. The release states a sheriff's deputy was southbound on U.S. 71 near Arnold's Park amusement park when he saw a go-cart that had been stolen from the park. The deputy attempted to stop the g-cart, but Torjesen refused to stop.

The pursuit continued north through the city of Arnold's Park down streets and through parking lots and back yards, until Torjesen crashed the g-cart into a parked vehicle and then a house in the 70 block of Hinshaw Street.

He was arrested after a short foot pursuit, and was booked into the Dickinson County Jail on a $19,000 bond. According to the sheriff's office, Torjesen also has an arrest warrant out of Florida.

An estimated $800 in damage was caused to the go-cart and $250 in damage to the vehicle.

Torjesen is charged with operating while impaired, eluding, operating a non-registered vehicle, failure to use headlamps, failure to have a valid driver's license, third-degree burglary, first-degree theft, possession of burglary tools and interference with official acts.

The Arnold's Park and Okoboji Police Department assisted in the pursuit.

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