Motorcyclist charged in high-speed chase

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Sep. 3—MANKATO — A motorcyclist had a gun and drugs in his backpack as he fled from authorities going over 100 mph before he crashed in Mankato, charges say.

A state trooper tried to stop a motorcycle driven by Elijah Richard Barnes-Strong, 22, of St. Paul Park, for speeding around 1:20 a.m. Thursday on Highway 22 near Kasota.

Barnes-Strong fled into Mankato, at one point reaching 102 mph, according to a court complaint. He traveled on Augusta Drive, Victory Drive and Madison Avenue before crashing as he tried to turn onto Long Street.

A loaded gun and marijuana wax allegedly were found in Barnes-Strong's backpack.

He was charged Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court with felony fleeing police, gross misdemeanor drug possession, gross misdemeanor carrying a gun without a permit and misdemeanor careless driving.

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