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Bemidji woman charged after high-speed chase

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A Bemidji woman has been charged with felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor reckless driving.

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Shannon Karleen Nelson, 35, of Bemidji, was charged this week in Otter Tail County District Court, according to the county attorney's office.

Nelson led several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase that began shortly after 8:30 p.m. in Menahga in Wadena County, according the Wadena County Attorney Kyra L. Ladd.

The incident began as a welfare check after Nelson presented a phone number and asked a clerk at a gas station to contact the person at the phone number, which was disconnected, Ladd said. A Menahga Police Department officer spoke with Nelson in the parking lot, but she was "uncooperative" and refused to give her name, Ladd said.

Nelson eventually left the gas station and ran through a stop sign at Main Street and U.S. Highway 71; the police officer followed her, and Nelson did not slow down, thus beginning the chase, Ladd said.

Nelson drove in excess of 120 and 130 mph and other drivers had to swerve to avoid hitting her vehicle, Ladd said

The chase ended after 9:30 p.m. when stop sticks were used to bring her 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer to a stop near a residence east of Fergus Falls, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the pursuit, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office report.

The Battle Lake and Parker's Prairie police departments and Minnesota State Patrol assisted the Otter Tail Police Department during the chase.

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