Duluth Man Facing Multiples Charges of Fleeing Police

DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth man known by law enforcement for his “propensity for fleeing” officers is now facing multiple felony charges after leading police on a pursuit from Superior to Duluth last week.

According to reports, Joseph Jeffrey Eastman, 42, had two separate run-ins with Duluth Police over the last two weeks.

The first incident took place on February 12 when investigators with the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force obtained a search warrant for Eastman’s property, vehicle, and person.

Officers located Eastman in his vehicle and attempted to box his vehicle in to prevent him from fleeing. Eastman intentionally rammed one of the unmarked squad cars with enough force to flee the scene.

The investigator in the unmarked vehicle reported a sore neck from the incident but was uninjured.

According to the complaint, the investigators were unable to locate Eastman after he fled the scene but executed the search warrant on his residence.

Upon executing the search warrant, law enforcement located .22 caliber ammunition, .45 caliber ammunition, a Remington Archangel 597 AR-15 style .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, and a crystalline substance which later tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

Packaging, scales, and further evidence consistent with the sale and distribution of methamphetamine were also located in the residence.

At this time a warrant was put out for Eastman.

On February 17, investigators received information that Eastman was located at a residence in Superior.

Investigators, along with assistance from the Superior Police Department, set up a perimeter and attempted to again box Eastman’s vehicle in to take him into custody on his felony warrants.

According to the criminal complaint, officers directed Eastman to exit his vehicle with his hands up.

Eastman did not comply and instead accelerated his vehicle in reverse, backing through a garage, and nearly striking a Sergeant with the Task Force.

Eastman then crashed into a squad car, put the vehicle into drive, and rammed the car again.

Reports state that Eastment then proceeded down the alley where he rammed another squad car with an Investigator inside.

The Investigator was able to exit the vehicle before being hit by Eastman’s car a second time. Eastman continued to ram squad cars and vehicles in an attempt to flee.

He continued to flee officers over the Bong Bridge until his car became disabled near the 40th Avenue West ramp.

Eastman exited his car and began to flee on foot at which time officers witnessed Eastman throw a small black zipper pouch on the freeway side of the fence.

At this time, Eastman was apprehended and taken into custody without further incident.

Law enforcement was able to retrieve the black pouch which contained 254 grams of methamphetamine.

Eastman is currently facing charges of 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, 2nd Degree Sale of Cocaine, 2nd Degree Possession of Methamphetamine and Cocaine, Possession of Ammunition, and Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle.

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