Early Morning Vehicle Chase in Virginia

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Around 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, Virginia Police attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of 6th Avenue North and 9th Street North, but the vehicle fled, heading east then southbound on 2nd Avenue South, according to the Virginia Police Department.

The suspect was traveling 65 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. When the vehicle reached the 300 block of Railroad Avenue North, the driver attempted to negotiate a turn onto the 100 block of 3rd St N, but lost control of the vehicle, striking a residence.

The male suspect then fled on foot, according to police.

Officers from Virginia, Eveleth, and St. Louis County Deputies set up a perimeter and began searching the area with County K-9 units. Due to storms, the search was called off around 3 a.m.

The Virginia Police Department was later notified at approximately 4;15 a.m., of a suspicious male in the area of 9th Street North and 9th Avenue North.

Officers took into custody an adult male, who later admitted to being the driver of the vehicle from the earlier incident, according to the police report. It was later discovered that Vaughn was driving on a revoked license.

Authorities have identified the male as 33-year-old Tommy Vaughn, of St. Paul. He has been formally charged with Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle, Fleeing on Foot, Failure to Notify Owner of Damaged Property, and Driving After Revocation.

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