Brainerd man charged with fleeing a peace officer

Jason Clayton Adam Bailey, 30, Brainerd, has been charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, one gross misdemeanor count of driving after cancellation and one misdemeanor count of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle.

On April 29, a Morrison County deputy clocked a vehicle allegedly traveling 72 miles per hour on Haven Road. When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the driver of the speeding vehicle braked, entered a ditch then a driveway and made a left turn into a field where it eventually struck a tree. The driver then got out of the car and began running.

According to the criminal report, the deputy chased the suspect through the field and through woods, yelling at him to stop. He eventually stopped and was arrested.

Bailey was identified. He allegedly told the deputy he ran because he did not have a valid driver’s license and because he knew he had a warrant out for his arrest from Crow Wing County.

A check of Bailey’s driving record showed his driving privileges are currently canceled as inimical to public safety.

If convicted, Bailey faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.