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.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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