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White Earth man arrested after 6-mile chase through woods

Cody James Eaglefeather

WHITE EARTH, Minn. — White Earth police officers and Becker County sheriff’s deputies captured a White Earth man on Friday, Nov. 24, after tracking him for more than 6 miles through the woods with a police dog.

The suspect, Cody James Eaglefeather, 34, was charged with drug possession and fleeing police by motor vehicle. He was being held in the Becker County Jail.

White Earth police tried to stop Eaglefeather while he was driving on Becker County Road 21 on Friday morning. Eaglefeather stopped his vehicle, police said, but then sped off while an officer was approaching the vehicle.

The auto pursuit ended 6 miles east of White Earth. According to police, the suspect stopped his car and ran into the woods. The officer tried to track the suspect, but was unable to find him. A sheriff’s deputy with a police dog then joined the search. The suspect was found and taken into custody after a 6.5-mile search.

Police said they searched the suspect’s vehicle and found about 5 pounds of a substance believed to be marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and small amounts of other substances suspected of being illegal drugs.

Eaglefeather has an extensive criminal record, with more than two dozen convictions for drug charges, assault, disorderly conduct, fleeing a police officer and drunken driving.