Charges facing Dakota Medicine include motor vehicle theft and fleeing police
Dakota Kalob Medicine, 18, of Bemidji, was charged Wednesday in Beltrami County District Court for his alleged role in a high-speed chase through northern Minnesota.
Medicine was charged with felony third-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, check forgery and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. All four charges are felonies. He also was charged with felony theft in connection to another incident.
Bail was set at $150,000 with conditions or $100,000 with conditions. He remained in Beltrami County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint:
The Bemidji Police Depart-ment learned Monday that Heartland Auto Sales in Bemidji was burglarized and a 2004 GMC pickup was stolen.
The business was closed from Dec. 23 until Monday, when employees returned to work and found that the keys to six vehicles, blank business checks, $200 in cash and stereo equipment were missing.
A bank then contacted the business to question two checks that were written to Medicine in the amount of $10,000 and $2,000.
The Bemidji Police Depart-ment and Grand Forks (N.D.) Police Department worked together to identify Medicine as the suspect as he attempted to cash the checks in Grand Forks with Canadian identifica-tion. Medicine was allegedly leaving the bank in a GMC pickup. He left before police arrived on scene.
On Monday, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy located the stolen vehicle and was pursuing it north on Irvine Avenue. The pursuit continued to the Red Lake Reservation and Red Lake police officer took over the pursuit within the reservation boundaries.
A deputy learned that Medi-cine was headed toward Blackduck and saw the vehicle - as Red Lake officers followed - travel through the intersec-tion between state Highways 1 and 72 at an approximate speed of 90 mph. The deputy got behind the vehicle and relieved the Red Lake officers in the pursuit.
The pursuit continued east on Highway 1 in excess of 100 mph. Through Kelliher, the vehicle was going about 75 mph.
The vehicle turned onto Ar-tesian Spring Road and contin-ued to travel about 100 mph along ice-covered roads. The vehicle failed to maneuver the intersection with Sunflower Road and entered the ditch.
The sheriff's deputy ordered the driver out of the truck and onto the ground, but the sus-pect, later identified as Medi-cine, ran west into a field. He was soon apprehended by the deputy.
Investigators on Tuesday examined the pickup truck and found in a compartment two checks on the account of Heartland Auto Sales, accord-ing to the complaint. Both were written to Medicine in the amounts of $10,000 and $2,000 Mail was also found addressed to Medicine.
While investigating the checkbook and ledgers, inves-tigators found checks written to businesses for gas and merchandise, including a $3,511.33 purchase at a Grand Forks jewelry store for several men's rings. The total of the checks, written without the business' authorization, was $3,832.46.
In another case, Medicine was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing tools from a residence he was renting in Bemidji.
According to the criminal complaint in that case, Medi-cine is accused of taking a wet saw, specialty grinder and a helmet. The value of the tools is in more than $1,000.
Medicine pawned the items in early December, according to the complaint.