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Mora man arrested for allegedly selling drugs, leading authorities on high-speed pursuit

A Mora man was arrested last Tuesday for allegedly selling methamphetamines and leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit.

According to the criminal complaint, a Kanabec County deputy on patrol was alerted that Patrick Modtland had been selling drugs out of a Kanabec County home.

The deputy observed a vehicle Modtland was known to drive traveling south on Highway 65, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The vehicle entered the wrong lane on 220th Avenue, nearly colliding with an oncoming vehicle and reaching speeds of 90 mph, and up to 109 mph as the pursuit continued eastbound onto Liberty Street.

The driver was observed to throw items out of the passenger window before continuing straight into a Pheasant Street residence.

The suspect, identified as Modtland, was pursued on foot after exiting the vehicle while it was still moving before being apprehended by the deputy.

The complaint states that Modtland admitted that he "should not have run" when he was placed in the squad car.

The damage to the Pheasant Street home was estimated to exceed $1,000 in repairs due to damage to the gutters, front facia board, rafter boards, and roof.

Authorities recovered Zip-lock bags containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamines, a pamphlet appearing to be a ledger, and a pipe that had been thrown from the vehicle’s window.

Modtland has been charged with 1st-degree drug sales, 1st-degree drug possession, 1st-degree property damage, reckless driving, and fleeing a police officer.

He will appear in court on Feb. 20.

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