High speed chase ends in arrest
A high-speed chase through Superior and Duluth on Tuesday ended at the base of the Blatnik Bridge just before midnight. The lone occupant of the vehicle -- a 21-year-old Duluth man -- was taken into custody on charges of operating while intoxicat...
A high-speed chase through Superior and Duluth on Tuesday ended at the base of the Blatnik Bridge just before midnight.
The lone occupant of the vehicle -- a 21-year-old Duluth man -- was taken into custody on charges of operating while intoxicated, knowingly fleeing an officer, operating after suspension and endangering safety by reckless driving, according to Superior Police Capt. Chuck LaGesse.
He is expected to make an initial appearance today in Douglas County Court.
The Superior/Douglas County Communications Center began receiving calls at 11:46 p.m. about a white Cadillac speeding through Superior.
Superior police estimated it was moving at approximately 100 mph. The vehicle was reported moving south on Hammond Avenue, away from the Blatnik Bridge. Additional calls came in from East End, South Superior, residents along North 28th Street and near Benna Ford on Tower Avenue.
"It was zooming all over town," LaGesse said. "Of course, when you're going 100 mph you can cover a lot of streets."
A Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputy began pursuit of the vehicle along Catlin Avenue near Superior High School, LaGesse said. Superior officers joined in as the chase continued along Grand Avenue and up to the Blatnik Bridge. Duluth police were contacted and took up the chase.
Nine minutes after the first call came in, the driver was headed back across the bridge to Superior.
"Officers deployed stop sticks -- tire deflation devices -- at the base of the Blatnik Bridge," LaGesse said.
The speeding vehicle's tires were punctured and it rolled to a stop on North Eighth Street and Baxter Avenue.
No injuries were reported and no squad cars were damaged. No citizen vehicles were struck during the pursuit, despite the extreme speeds.