High speed chase into Todd County ends in arrest

Terry Lee Bryant, 30, Little Falls, was arrested Wednesday night in Todd County after a high-speed chase beginning in Randall.

The Randall police conducted a routine traffic stop on Highway 14, approximately one mile west of Randall. In the vehicle was Bryant, who gave a false name, a woman and two children.

The female passenger told the officer Bryant’s real name. It was learned he had arrest warrants from the state of Georgia and was considered armed and dangerous.

The officer called for assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol and the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department for Bryant’s arrest while keeping in mind the safety of the woman and the children.

When the other agencies arrived, an attempt was made to get Bryant out of the vehicle. He resisted and fled from the scene with the woman and children still in the vehicle.

An attempt to stop Bryant’s vehicle with stop sticks failed when he drove around them and into a ditch.

Officers followed the vehicle west on County Road 14 with speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. To ensure the safety of the passengers, law enforcement backed off to allow Bryant to slow down.

Assistance was requested from Todd County deputies and the Long Prairie Police.

From Browerville, Bryant turned onto County Road 21 going north. Assistance was requested from the Staples Police and again, stop sticks were used with no results.

When Bryant crossed Highway 210, south of Staples, his tire ruptured but he continued to Highway 10 where he turned west.

Contact was made with the woman in the vehicle via cellphone and Bryant then issued demands to the police to end the pursuit. Officers told him for that to happen, he needed to stop the vehicle and surrender. Bryant complied and he was taken into custody without further incident.

The Randall officer then transported Bryant to the Morrison County Jail where he awaits charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

“I want to thank the deputies of Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Little Falls, Long Prairie and Staples police departments,” said Police Chief Chuck Strack. “I would also like to thank the dispatchers from both Morrison and Todd counties. It’s nice when the agencies work together in the apprehension of a dangerous and wanted felon while keeping in mind the safety of two young children and a female passenger.”