Stolen vehicles, handgun recovered after pursuit

A Bemidji man is facing charges for fleeing in a motor vehicle, possessing a firearm illegally and drug possession after a pursuit last week.

According to a release from Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel, on July 28, a deputy witnessed two reckless vehicles on the Beltrami Line Road, and a pursuit ensued when one of the vehicles fled at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit entered Hubbard County and ended at a rural Clearwater County address. The suspect vehicle stopped after becoming disabled in a logging area on the property. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended quickly.

Inside the vehicle, Deputy Kyle Nohre found a loaded 9 mm magazine, a small amount of methamphetamine and an off-road motorcycle later determined stolen.

The motorcycle was stolen from a Bemidji residence.

Nohre’s K-9 unit, Mac, found a 9 mm pistol near the vehicle, which was also determined to have been stolen from a Bemidji residence five days earlier.

The suspect, identified in the release as 31-year-old Billie Joe Large, was booked into the Beltrami County Jail.

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