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Duluth man accused of stealing two cars, fleeing

Law enforcement authorities from Carlton County and Duluth allege that Raice Warren Johnson has little regard for vehicle ownership or police. Johnson, 27, of Duluth was charged Thursday in State District Court in Carlton with theft of a motor ve...

Raice Warren Johnson
Raice Warren Johnson

Law enforcement authorities from Carlton County and Duluth allege that Raice Warren Johnson has little regard for vehicle ownership or police.

Johnson, 27, of Duluth was charged Thursday in State District Court in Carlton with theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, driving after suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia after he led several law enforcement agencies on a chase while he drove a stolen car Tuesday night.

Three weeks earlier, Johnson was accused of stealing a car in Cloquet and fleeing police until the stolen vehicle got stuck at the end of a road in a cemetery. In that case, he's charged with possessing a controlled substance - methamphetamine -- theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fleeing on foot.

In Tuesday's alleged theft, Johnson is accused of stealing a car from the 27th Avenue West Holiday Station in Duluth when the owner went into the store to pay for gas.

Within minutes of the reported car theft, an off-duty Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer spotted the vehicle on Interstate 35 heading south between Cloquet and Carlton. A Carlton County sheriff's deputy activated lights and sirens and attempted to pull the car over, but Johnson is accused of accelerating to between 80 and 85 mph.

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Stop sticks were deployed causing a front tire of the vehicle Johnson was driving to go flat. He continued driving and evaded one rolling road block before being slowed to a stop by a second rolling roadblock made by a State Patrol trooper. The chase lasted 13.6 miles.

Johnson was found to be in possession of two marijuana pipes with suspected marijuana residue.

Johnson posted non-cash bond Monday on the first round of felony charges. He was in court Thursday in Carlton on the second vehicle theft and chase. While that case was being heard, Johnson had two other separate cases on the court calendar in Duluth charging him with motor vehicle tampering.

He is accused of three separate crimes involving three vehicles in Cloquet and Duluth on April 22. He's accused of stealing a van in Cloquet before being apprehended in the cemetery. When taken into custody, he was in possession of six grams of methamphetamine. Earlier that morning, Johnson is accused of tampering with vehicles by trying to get into them as they were parked at 5611 Grand Ave. and 215 N. Central Ave.

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