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Grygla man arrested after high-speed chase ends on Red Lake reservation, shots fired

Timothy Lance Scott

BEMIDJI -- A Grygla, Minn., man is in custody after a high-speed chase Tuesday night ended with shots fired by law enforcement on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

Timothy Scott, 33, faces charges of DWI, felony fleeing a peace officer and first-degree assault and was being held Wednesday at the Beltrami County Jail in Bemidji.

According to authorities, Scott was spotted by a Minnesota State Trooper traveling east on U.S. Highway 2 west of Wilton at 84 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone after 9 p.m. When the trooper attempted to stop the truck, Scott increased his speed, turned north on Highway 89 and continued at speeds of more than 90 mph, according to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The trooper reported Scott was swerving at oncoming vehicles, the release said.

Beltrami County deputies and Bemidji Police officers joined in the pursuit, and the trooper was able to confirm that Scott was the lone occupant of the truck, the release said. Scott continued north at a high speed and drove onto the Red Lake Indian Reservation, where tribal police officers deployed stop sticks and took over the chase from the State Patrol and Beltrami County deputies.

Scott turned eastbound on Highway 1 and drove into the western edge of the town of Red Lake, where his front left tire deflated, but he continued to drive on the rim. He eventually lost control of the vehicle and drove into a ditch near the tribal police department.

As tribal officers and county deputies pulled their vehicles around Scott's truck, he accelerated and drove at a Beltrami County deputy who had stepped from his vehicle. The deputy fired two shots at Scott's truck as he attempted to get out of the way, and another deputy crashed his squad car into Scott's truck to stop it.

Officials say Scott then got out of his truck and grabbed a logging chain before he was subdued by officers and taken into custody at approximately 10 p.m.

No officers were harmed in the altercation, although Scott suffered minor abrasions during his apprehension, the release said.

Scott was taken to Bemidji Sanford Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and then transferred to the Beltrami County Jail.