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Deputy forces car off road to end chase

Detroit Lakes police were involved in a car chase Friday morning that started with a shoplifting complaint at Walmart and ended up at the White Earth powwow grounds.

A 42-year-old man was arrested after his Buick Regal was forced off the road by a Becker County deputy.

He was still being treated in the emergency room at Essentia St. Mary's several hours after his arrest for unspecified injuries, possibly from dog bites, according to Detroit Lakes Sgt. Chad Glander.

The Mahnomen County sheriff's office K9 unit was involved in the arrest.

The incident began shortly before 6 a.m. Friday when Detroit Lakes police officer Beau Shroyer was called to Walmart on a shoplifting complaint. The suspect had allegedly taken a cartload of merchandise from the store.

Glander said police next received word that the officer was requesting assistance dealing with a disorderly person -- then pursuit started.

The chase went from Walmart east on Highway 10 to Highway 59, where it turned north.

The suspect managed to elude "stop sticks" laid across the highway at Callaway and just south of Ogema.

Stop sticks are designed to puncture tires and release the air slowly to avoid a high-speed crash. The suspect drove around both sets of them.

The pursuit turned east at Ogema, heading towards the village of White Earth. Becker County Deputy Shane Richard took over the pursuit at this point, Glander said, and was able to successfully execute a PIT maneuver to force the car off the road and end the chase near the White Earth powwow grounds.

No officers were inured in the incident, but the suspect -- Michael Gene Weaver, 42, no address available -- suffered unspecified injuries.

"We had to take him to the ER here in Detroit Lakes before they could take him to jail -- he's still at the ER now, it can be slow over there sometimes," Glander said about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

White Earth tribal police officers and Mahnomen County deputies assisted in the pursuit.