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Naytahwaush man arrested after high-speed chase in Bemidji

BEMIDJI—A 37-year-old Naytahwaush man was arrested Thursday after he fled the authorities during a traffic stop that began in the 900 block of Beltrami Avenue.

According to a release, a Bemidji Police officer recognized the vehicle from an indecent exposure case on Feb. 28 and also realized the vehicle had expired registration.

Augustus Light

After stopping the vehicle, the officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from within the vehicle and asked the man to step out, but he refused. Instead, the driver, Augustus Light, fled the scene and eventually began heading northbound on Bemidji Avenue. At one point, the pursuit reached speeds of 75 to 95 mph, according to police.

As the pursuit left the more residential area of Bemidji Avenue (old Highway 71), the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office deployed a "stop sticks" device at the intersection of Bemidji Avenue and Glidden Road, which deflated both passenger-side tires of the vehicle.

The vehicle continued northbound on Bemidji Avenue to Sumac Road, where the suspect eventually stopped. Light was arrested without incident; the Beltrami County Attorney's Office has not yet filed official charges.

The distance from the 900 block of Beltrami Avenue to Sumac Road is approximately 6 miles.