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Squad cars damaged after Bemidji man leads officers on high speed chase

A Bemidji man, accused of leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase Saturday night and swerving into the oncoming lane in the process, faces several possible charges.

Jesse Ontiveros, 26, is in jail on suspicion of fleeing officers, interfering with a 911 telephone call and violating a no-contact court order. Prosecutors will review the case for charges.

In a Bemidji Police Department news release:

Officers responded to a call at 10:05 p.m. Saturday regarding a domestic dispute at a home in the 200 block of 24th Street Northwest. The caller reported Ontiveros was in the home in violation of a court order and the two were currently in a physical altercation.

Dispatchers heard signs of a struggle when Ontiveros grabbed the phone away from the victim and left the home.

Responding officers observed Ontiveros a short time later and attempted to stop him. Ontiveros took off at a high rate of speed eventually heading north on Irvine Avenue.

The news release said Beltrami County deputies also joined in the effort and the chase led to speeds in excess of 100 Mph.

"Ontiveros drove in an erratic manner, swerving into the oncoming lane and back and forth across the centerline," the news release said.

Sheriff's deputies used a pursuit intervention technique to stop Ontiveros' driving behavior when he slowed to attempt a turn onto Lumberjack Road Northwest. Ontiveros' vehicle came to rest in the west ditch of Irvine Avenue Northwest near Nebish.

Once in the ditch, Ontiveros attempted to drive his vehicle out of the ditch toward responding officers. A second deputy positioned his marked patrol unit in front of Ontivero's vehicle, which struck the squad car before coming to a stop.

Law enforcement then arrested Ontiveros.

Two sheriff's vehicles sustained minor damage as a result of the chase.