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Ogema man charged with high speed chase

Lyman William Lowry, 35, of rural Ogema has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, just before midnight on Oct. 11, a Callaway police officer received a complaint that a red pickup truck with no tail lights was following another vehicle very closely on County Road 21. A short while later, the officer clocked that red pickup truck going north at 90 mph on County Road 21.

The officer activated his emergency lights to pull the truck over, but instead of stopping, the truck sped up — the officer could hear a loud exhaust pop as it did so. A tribal police officer put stop sticks across County Road 21 and the red pickup truck blew by him at 90 mph, directly hitting the stop sticks.

The Callaway officer followed the truck east on County Road 34 into the village of White Earth, still at a high rate of speed. The truck eventually stopped about a mile east of the Little White Earth Lake public access road.

Lowry was driving and he and a passenger were removed from the vehicle. When asked why he didn't stop, Lowry allegedly told the officer that he "wanted to fly," and the passenger said Lowry had been acting crazy after huffing butane. His license was canceled as inimical to public safety. A white plastic container was found on the driver's side of the pickup containing 25 grams of marijuana.

On Oct. 15, he appeared before District Judge Doug Clark, who set cash bail at $2,000 or bond at $20,000, with conditions, or bond at $50,000 without standard conditions of release.