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Man arrested after sending officers on pursuit in western Minn.

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POLK COUNTY, MINN. --- An Illinois man was arrested after sending officers on a seven-mile chase in western Minnesota on Friday night.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a hit and run on U.S. Highway 2 around 7:45 p.m. on Friday, June 1st. The suspect vehicle was later observed in Polk County traveling at a high rate of speed, the department said in a press release.

A Polk County sergeant attempted to stop the 2010 Honda Civic on U.S. Highway 59, north of Highway 2. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued, the department said.

The pursuit continued through Brooks and Plummer Minn. in Red Lake County.  

“Stop sticks” were deployed and the Honda Civic was disabled, the department said.

The driver, Amon Saeed-Vafa, 23 of Skokie, Ill. was arrested without incident. Amon Saeed Vafa was transported to the NWRCC. No one was injured.

The case is under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The Minnesota State Patrol assisted with the pursuit.

No further information was available Saturday morning.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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