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Published May 23, 2010, 08:41 AM

Driver in a stolen vehicle escapes authorities after early morning chase

Underwood, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A driver in Otter Tail County led authorities on a high speed chase early this morning. Police say the stolen vehicle was traveling through townships at extremely dangerous speeds.

The pursuit ended here on 240th street in Otter Tail County, about 4 miles northeast of Underwood. The driver parked the vehicle and fled on foot into a marshy area like this one and used the pitch dark to get away.

Police say the chase started about 4 miles north of here on County road 1 just before 1 a.m. They say immediately after an officer turned on the emergency lights the driver sped up and at times was traveling nearly 100 miles per hour.

Because the vehicle was traveling through townships the pursuing deputy was not able to stay right on the stolen vehicles tail.

"Absolutely, safety is the most important thing so our deputies are pursuing the violator but we need to keep public safety first."

Fleeing from an officer is a felony offense. Police say they did not find any drugs or other illegal material inside the vehicle. The owner didn't report the vehicle stolen until late this afternoon.