1 arrested after leading law enforcement on 12-mile pursuit

Mar. 17—BELTRAMI COUNTY — A 54-year-old man has been arrested after leading Beltrami County deputies on a 12-mile pursuit early Friday morning.

According to a release from Sheriff Jason Riggs, over the past week, Beltrami County deputies have been conducting increased patrol efforts in the area of Ten Lake Township relating to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area.

In the early morning hours of Friday, March 17, a Beltrami County deputy observed a car matching the description of the vehicle near the intersection of Jenkins Road Southeast and Mission Road Southeast, about 10 miles north of Cass Lake. A traffic stop was attempted but the vehicle fled.

The suspect then led deputies on a 12-mile pursuit, traveling township and county roads. Deputies were able to use stop sticks (tire deflation devices) on the suspect vehicle and successfully deflated three of the vehicle's tires. The pursuit ended and the driver was taken into custody near Pennington, the release said.

The driver, 54-year-old Keith Armstrong, was taken into custody and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he was booked on three charges: felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation inimical to public safety and felony first-degree driving while impaired.