Pursuit near Little Falls tops 100 mph; results in two arrests

A pursuit on Highway 10 in Little Falls Jan. 6, topped speeds above 100 miles per hour (mph) and resulted in the arrest of two men after their 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle crossed over the highway median and crashed into a fence. There were no injuries.

The pursuit began after a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding and a window tint violation. The pursuit started on Highway 10 about five miles south of Little Falls and ended in Little Falls on the west side of Highway 10 near Seventh Avenue Northeast.

The driver was believed to be under the influence of drugs, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Little Falls Police and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the apprehension of the two male suspects.

Officers followed the tracks of the suspect vehicle through the marsh and located numerous discarded items, including a black bag with a glass light bulb and a pen with white burned residue that tested positive for methamphetamine. Also discovered was a resealable baggie which contained a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, and also a package sealed with gray tape that held about 111 grams of methamphetamine.

The criminal complaint said the next day, a gray stocking hat located in the snow near the tire tracks on the driver’s side of the vehicle, which contained a Smith and Wesson .45 auto, model 4516-1. The magazine of the gun had seven rounds of unfired .45 auto ammunition loaded in it. The serial number indicated the gun had been stolen out of Mahnomen County.

The driver, Jesse Kirschman, 32, Avon, had a warrant for felon in possession of handgun and was believed to be under the influence of drugs and later refused to test.

Kirschman was charged Monday, for first degree possession of drugs and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He is being held in the Morrison County Jail on $250,000 bond.

Eric E. Makela, 32, Menahga, the front seat passenger, was also charged Monday, for felony first degree drug possession.