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Willmar man arrested after high-speed chase

A Willmar man was arrested Saturday afternoon after allegedly stealing a car, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase, abandoning the vehicle in a ditch and fleeing from officers.
According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, a report was received at about 11 a.m. of a gas drive-off from a station in Franklin. The suspect vehicle also was reported stolen, and a deputy tried to stop the vehicle. Instead of stopping, the suspect fled and a pursuit began in the area of Renville County Road 16 and 710th Avenue, about 10 miles southwest of Hector.
The suspect, who was believed to have a firearm, was driving a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta, and led law enforcement on a 21-mile chase with speeds topping 100 miles per hour at times.
Near the intersection of Renville County Road 11 and 490th Street, the vehicle entered a ditch, but the driver was able to get it back on the road. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was able to conduct a PIT (pursuit intervention technique), forcing the Jetta to turn sideways and go back into the ditch about eight miles northeast of Hector.
The suspect then fled from the car into a corn field. Law enforcement officials evacuated a nearby resident and closed the roads in the area.
The suspect, later identified as Jeremy Nordberg, 25, of Willmar, was found later in the corn field using the Renville County Sheriff’s Office drone. With the assistance of a state patrol helicopter and other law enforcement agencies, Nordberg was taken into custody at about 3:10 p.m.
He is currently being held at the Renville County Jail awaiting an initial court appearance.
Assisting with the incident were the Fairfax Police Department, Olivia Police Department, McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, Kandiyohi Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota State Patrol and Allina Emergency Medical Services.