Bovey man charged with car thefts, assault and damage to a patrol car

Travis John Severtson, 23, Bovey, was charged with one felony count each of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon; fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle; theft of a motor vehicle; and first degree damage to property in the Morrison County District Court.

On Jan. 21, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department received information that a vehicle pursuit from Aitkin County was entering the northeast part of Morrison County. The responding officer was told the suspect was driving a stolen black Monte Carlo, but later received a report the suspect stole a black SUV from a residence on Sage Road in Morrison County.

From Sage Road, the suspect headed west on Nature Road. The Morrison County deputy deployed stop sticks to halt the vehicle but the suspect drove around them. A high-speed chase ensued to Royalton.

The deputy and other law enforcement officers continued to pursue the suspect south on Highway 10 at speeds of 90 – 95 miles per hour. According to the criminal complaint, the suspect was using both lanes of traffic to prevent law enforcement from passing him.

The deputy tried to pass and the suspect allegedly smashed his vehicle into the squad car, attempting to force him off the road. The deputy discontinued his pursuit due to damage to his vehicle.

The suspect was later stopped by law enforcement in Benton County where he ran out of gas. At that time, he was identified as Severtson.

Estimates of damage to the squad car were in excess of $1,000.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

If convicted, Severtson faces a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine.