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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – A man wanted on federal weapons violations is in jail after allegedly leading police on a car chase through Breckenridge and neighboring Wahpeton, N.D., leaving three officers with minor injuries and knocking out power to part of Breckenridge.

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According to Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder, Wahpeton police attempted to arrest Andrew Laborico, 23, about 4 p.m. Wednesday, on a federal warrant at a Wahpeton gas station. He fled the scene in a gray sedan.

The ensuing chase reached speeds of about 75 mph through Wahpeton and into Breckenridge. Laborico threw cash and other items out the window at several points during the chase, Harder said.

As the pursuit reached the east edge of the city, a Breckenridge police SUV bumped the fleeing car, sending both vehicles into the ditch. The SUV hit a utility pole, briefly knocking out power to part of Breckenridge.

Laborico was chased down by a Breckenridge police dog. A loaded handgun was recovered from the car, Harder said.

Three officers in the police SUV sustained minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.

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