Hillman man arrested for fleeing a peace officer

James Allen Helseth, 42, Hillman, was charged Sept. 10, with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

On Sept. 8, a Morrison County deputy went to a residence to locate a person with a felony warrant. While there, the deputy heard a skid loader being operated in the back of the residence.

The deputy drove to the area and proceeded to follow the skid loader with just his headlights on.

When the skid loader turned around and began driving toward the squad car, the deputy activated his light bar with red flashing lights.

The skid loader allegedly turned around and increased in speed. The deputy followed, but the driver did not stop.

When the deputy determined it was not safe for him to continue following because he could not maneuver as quickly as the skid loader, he exited the car and followed on foot, yelling at the driver to stop.

Another deputy arrived on scene as backup he activated his red flashing lights. The skid loader then stopped and the deputies pulled out the driver, identified as Helseth.

According to the criminal complaint, Helseth apologized for what he had done, saying he thought he had a warrant out for his arrest for child support and that he was going to go to jail for that.

If convicted, Helseth faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.