Willmar Man Arrested After High-speed Chase 09 Oct 17

A Willmar man was arrested and taken to jail after leading law enforcement on a 21-mile, high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle Saturday.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Jeremy Nordberg was arrested in a cornfield near Hector after officers used a drone, a K-9 officer and State Patrol helicopter to get him to emerge from the field.

He is being held in the Renville County Jail pending a court appearance on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Scott Hable says the chase began around 11 a.m. Saturday when a deputy was called to investigate a gas drive-off from a business in Franklin.

The officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta, which had been reported stolen.

Nordberg, who was believed to have had a firearm in his possession, fled and the deputy and other officers began a vehicle pursuit with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

Ultimately, a State Patrol Trooper conducted a maneuver that caused the vehicle to enter the ditch on 490th Street, about eight miles northeast of Hector.

Nordberg then ran into a cornfield.

Law enforcement officers evacuated a nearby residence and closed roads in the area as a public safety precaution.

Nordberg was later located in the cornfield using a Renville County Sheriff’s Office drone.

With the assistance of a State Patrol helicopter and other law enforcement agencies, Nordberg was taken into custody at about 3 p.m. Saturday.