Man Charged in Pine County High Speed Chase

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

JoshuaMattsonPine County Sheriff’s officials were taken on a high speed chase Tuesday morning that started in Sandstone.  Joshua Mattson, 29, is charged with two counts in the chase including felony fleeing a peace officer.

The chase started on the Sandstone ramp off of I-35.  According to the criminal complaint, deputies observed Mattson driving a vehicle around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.   Mattson is noted in the criminal complaint as a suspect in an incident that occurred on Monday, however the criminal complaint nor the county attorney’s office is releasing the extent of the crime.

Mattson was traveling on Skunk Lake Road when deputies turned on their emergency lights and siren, and he began speeding up, according to the complaint.  Mattson was said to be traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph on a narrow dirt road, eventually turning onto Finlayson Road, ignoring a stop sign.

The complaint states Mattson passed several school buses during the chase, and because of safety concerns, the deputy initiated a pit maneuver.   Following the pit maneuver, Mattson’s vehicle skidded into the east ditch and rolled over once.

Mattson was able to exit the vehicle and was then placed under arrest.  He was transported to the Pine Medical Center is Sandstone and held  for 24 hours for observation.

The total distance of the chance is estimated at 1.7 miles.

Mattson is charged with felony fleeing a peace officer which carries a penalty of three years and one in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.  He is also charged with reckless driving which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

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