On May 7th the Stevens County Sheriff’s office and the Morris Police department began an investigation in to a complaint of the sale and possession of drugs and possession of hand guns. Joshua M. Proudfoot of Morris led law enforcement on a high speed chase, driving recklessly into oncoming traffic and in the road ditches on Highway 28 west.
During the chase Proudfoot could be seen throwing clear baggies out of the driver’s side window. The high speed chase ended when Proudfoot’s car struck a driveway approach and went airborne breifly. Proudfoot then fled on foot through a plowed field.
Law enforcement officials searched the vehicle and found a black bag containing a number of drug bags and two baggies of marijuana, and a .38 special bullet near the console of the car. Officers also found $822 in cash located on Proudfoot’s person and $808 in cash in his wallet.
The Stevens County Sheriff’s office closed a 2.5 mile portion of Hwy 28 West approximately 1.5 hours to recover evidence that Proudfoot threw out of his window during the pursuit. Proudfoot sustained minor injuries in the crash. He was treated at SCMC and then transferred to the St. Cloud Hospital where he was released in the early morning hours of May 8th. He was then transferred to the Douglas County Jail.
Agencies involved were:
Stevens County Sheriffs Office
Morris Police Department
Minnesota State Patrol
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension