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Driver suspected in fatal Carlton County hit-run arrested after 25-mile chase

A 62-year-old Cloquet man was killed Wednesday evening at an Interstate 35 rest area in Carlton County.

A 55-year-old rural Duluth man arrested after the 25-mile-long high-speed chase is in the Carlton County jail. The Carlton County Attorney's office said he's expected to be charged Friday morning.

State Patrol officials said they were first called to the Culkin Rest Area off northbound I-35 about 5:30 p.m. on reports that a 2004 Ford pickup struck a man who was walking at the rest stop. Witnesses saw the pickup leaving the scene.

Minutes after the incident was reported, a State Patrol trooper spotted a vehicle matching the description traveling northbound on I-35 at speeds over 90 mph near Highway 210. The trooper used his lights and siren to try to stop the driver but he would not stop, the State Patrol said.

A chase ensued up I-35, onto Boundary Avenue in Proctor, onto U.S. Highway 2 and into Hermantown and eventually onto LaVaque, Maple Grove and Stebner roads. Proctor and Hermantown police also gave chase. The Carlton and St. Louis County sheriff's offices as well as a Department of Natural Resources officer assisted in the pursuit.

Law enforcement officers tried to stop the pickup with stop-sticks on the road but were unsuccessful, the State Patrol said. The pickup was still traveling at more than 90 mph and was seen swerving to avoid vehicles.

A trooper used a Pursuit Intervention Technique, which involves nudging or hitting another vehicle, to push the pickup driver off the road and he was arrested by state troopers, the State Patrol said.

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