Onamia man charged with fleeing an officer

Lonnie Joseph Bellcourt, 46, Onamia, was charged Oct. 15, with one count each of felony fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation and being inimical to public safety and misdemeanor failing to stop for an accident to property.

On Oct. 13, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was told a black SUV had tried to evade a Crow Wing County deputy by driving into Morrison County.

A deputy assisted in locating the vehicle and tried to stop it by activating her overhead emergency lights. The SUV pulled into a driveway and the deputy followed. The SUV then sped back onto the highway.

The vehicle entered the city of Pierz, speeding, and struck another vehicle at an intersection. The SUV did not stop and continued out of town.

The officer stopped to check on the victim of the crash and lost sight of the SUV. The homeowner where the SUV stopped in the driveway was at that time following the vehicle and kept law enforcement advised of its location.

The deputy later observed pieces of tire on Highway 27 and a witness said the suspect was having mechanical problems and was shredding a tire. The SUV was located next to a swamp and the suspect was seen crawling in the swamp toward some trees.

The man was ordered out of the swamp, but he did not respond. A K-9 was later used to assist and track down the suspect. He was later identified as Bellcourt.

Bellcourt’s driving record showed he has prior convictions for driving while impaired and that his driving privileges had been cancelled.

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