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Vehicle crashes in downtown Wadena while allegedly fleeing police


On Wednesday, July 10, the Wadena Police Department was notified by the Long Prairie Police a 32-year old Wadena woman, Jacqueline Lamorris Kent, was wanted on an active arrest warrant out of Grant County.  The suspect had left Long Prairie en route back to Wadena driving a white Oldsmobile Bravada.  

A Wadena police officer, assisted by a Wadena County deputy, watched for the vehicle approaching Wadena and at approximately 12:10 p.m., spotted the vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 71 just south of Wadena and made a traffic stop at County Road 100.  When officers made contact with the driver, identified as Kent, she became uncooperative, refusing to obey officers’ orders to exit the vehicle.

Kent then fled the scene at a high rate of speed northbound on highway 71 through town and while attempting to turn eastbound on Aldrich Avenue lost control of the vehicle, crashing into a large commercial sign at the intersection.  officers arrived on scene from approximately one block away and observed the suspect, Kent, walking away eastbound from the crash scene at which time she was subsequently taken into custody.  

A passenger in the vehicle, a 13-year-old juvenile, was transported to Tri-County Hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.  Kent was also transported by ambulance and was treated and released from the hospital.

Kent remains in custody at the Wadena County Detention Center where she is being held on charges of Criminal Vehicular Operation, Third Degree Driving While under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol, Obstruction of Legal Process, Reckless Driving, and Fleeing a Police Officer in a Vehicle.

A criminal complaint was expected to be filed by the Wadena County Attorney’s office on July 11.  The vehicle crash is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol.