PIPESTONE — A car reported stolen from Duluth Oct. 21 was discovered in Pipestone County just hours later, and the driver was subsequently arrested.
The vehicle, a white 2012 Ford Taurus, was valued at $6,000, and the owner reported that it contained about $3,600 worth of valuables.
A state trooper observed the vehicle speeding that afternoon near Marshall, and when he ran a registration check, he realized the vehicle had been reported stolen. When the officer turned on his emergency lights, the vehicle reportedly accelerated to 113 miles per hour.
As the chase entered Pipestone County, sheriff's office deputies lay down spike strips three times, but the driver evaded the obstacle each time. The driver eventually lost control and entered a ditch, striking the guard rail near Casey's General Store in Pipestone.
Both the driver and the passenger got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, but both were later apprehended. The driver, Youan Weanquoi, 19, of Brooklyn Center, was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, both felonies. Possession of stolen property carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine, but Weanquoi will be sentenced based on his criminal history if convicted.
The passenger has not yet been charged with a crime.
Weanquoi is in custody at Pipestone County Jail on bail set at $10,000 with conditions or $20,000 without. His initial court appearance was Tuesday.