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Bemidji man charged for police chase with infant, meth in vehicle

Bobby Lee Donnell Sr.

AITKIN, Minn. — A 40-year-old Bemidji man faces eight criminal charges after fleeing from police Friday, April 5, while an infant was in the back seat of his vehicle and while allegedly hauling $5,500 worth of methamphetamines.

According to the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy performed a routine traffic stop Friday morning, April 5, on Bobby Lee Donnell Sr. in Aitkin.

The driver fled the scene in the vehicle and began throwing items out of the window, the sheriff’s office reported. The items were recovered and determined to be meth and paraphernalia for smoking meth.

The pursuit ended several miles south of Hill City on Highway 169. The state patrol utilized stop sticks to deflate tires and end the chase. Authorities arrested Donnell and the infant was taken into protective custody.

Authorities recovered more than 69.15 grams of meth.

Donnell was charged Monday in Aitkin County District Court with felony first-degree possession of a controlled substance, felony storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, felony fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle, gross misdemeanor second-degree driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and gross misdemeanor endangering a child, as well as three misdemeanors.

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