Perham man leads police on high-speed chasePublished 11:46am Thursday, August 15, 2013
A Perham man is in jail after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase with young children in the car, following an alleged drug deal.
Joshua Gene Ard, 32, was charged Aug. 13 in Otter Tail County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, felony fourth-degree drug sales and two counts of gross misdemeanor endangering a child.
According to the criminal complaint, a West Central Minnesota Task Force deputy witnessed an exchange of money for drugs between Ard and another party Aug. 2 in a parking lot just off State Hwy. 78 in Perham.
Once the deputy identified himself, Ard allegedly sped out of the parking lot. A Perham police officer pursued the vehicle. Ard allegedly drove through intersections and stop signs without stopping and increased his speed to approximately 100 mph at one point, in a 30 mph zone, continuing at about 90 mph. Two or three children under the age of 6 were in the vehicle with Ard, the report says.
Police had to slow down due to low visibility and the dust that was kicked up from Ard’s vehicle. Authorities found Ard’s vehicle later on 441 Street, where they reportedly found cash, baggies and a digital scale with meth inside.
A warrant was issued for Ard’s arrest. He is in custody at the Otter Tail County Jail.