Braham Man Arrested, Charged after Chase
A Braham man was charged Tuesday after he led authorities on a chase Monday night.
James Bourke, 29, faces one count of first degree possession of a controlled substance.
According to the criminal complaint, a Chisago County deputy tried to stop Bourke who was driving in Fishlake Township. The officer recognized Bourke and attempted to make the stop because he said he knew Bourke’s driving privileges were revoked.
When the officer turned his lights on, Bourke sped away almost striking a group of trees at the access point of South Goose Lake, according to court documents.
The officer stated that as he turned onto South Goose Lake, his attention was drawn to an object which appeared to have come from the driver’s side portion of Bourke’s pickup truck, which accelerated southbound on South Goose Lake.
Eventually the officer made the stop. A second deputy went back to find the baggy that Bourke allegedly threw out the window.
According to the complaint, the officer located a baggy the size of a golf ball which contained which he believed to be methamphetamine.
The officers weighed the baggy and the controlled substance. It weighed 40.5 grams estimating that the baggy itself weighed approximately 2 grams. The field test proved positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
If convicted, Bourke could serve a maximum 30 years in prison and/or pay a $1,000,000 fine.