BEMIDJI, Minn. (WCCO) – A 16-year-old who led police on a chase in Bemidji, Minn. Saturday morning died after losing control, rolling his vehicle and being ejected.
The teenager, whose identity was not released, was riding in the vehicle when it was pulled over by a Beltrami County deputy sheriff just before 5 a.m.
The driver was being investigated for driving while intoxicated, and was out of the vehicle when the teenager got behind the wheel and took off.
Another county deputy and two police officers chased the teenager along Bemidji Road. Authorities said the teenager reached speeds of 100 miles per hour while swerving between lanes.
The teenager lost control at a curve near Turtle River. The vehicle rolled into a group of trees and the teenager was ejected. He was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo, where he died of his injuries.
The State Patrol and Beltrami County are investigating the incident.