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Park Rapids man charged for chase

A Park Rapids man was charged Nov. 8 in Wadena County District Court with four crimes related to an alleged police chase reaching speeds of nearly 120 miles per hour.

According to court documents, 44-year-old James Allen Zaske failed to stop at a stop sign in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, and then fled from police in a chase that spanned parts of northern Wadena County and Hubbard County. Zaske's speed was reportedly between 100 and 120 miles per hour, and he crossed the center line several times, causing oncoming drivers to take to the shoulder to avoid a collision.

The chase continued through Menahga and into Hubbard County, where deputies and a state trooper deployed spike strips to blow out Zaske's tires, court records said.

The chase continued on foot when Zaske fled into a trailer park, court records said. A K9 officer warned the dog would be set loose and Zaske may be bitten if he didn't surrender. He did not, and was bitten by the dog.

Around 2 a.m., Zaske was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Park Rapids to be treated for the bite. Court records said he was driving on a canceled license.

Charges include fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle, driving after cancellation and reckless driving. His first court appearance was held Nov. 14.