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Minnesota man accused of encouraging dogs to attack sheriff's deputies

A Hubbard County, Minn., sheriff's deputy was severely bitten in the arm this week by a dog that was encouraged by its owner to attack, officials said.

A Hubbard County, Minn., sheriff's deputy was severely bitten in the arm this week by a dog that was encouraged by its owner to attack, officials said.

Jesse James Johnson, 30, of Laporte, was inside a vehicle parked in the driveway of a rural Laporte residence when deputies arrived Wednesday to apprehend an individual with an active felony arrest warrant, Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said.

When confronted by officers, Johnson refused to comply and fled the scene in his vehicle, Aukes said. After an 11-mile pursuit, Johnson lost control of his vehicle on Hubbard County Road 37 and crashed.

Johnson refused to exit the vehicle and directed his two pit bull dogs, which were in the vehicle with him, to attack the officers, Aukes said.

One deputy was severely bitten in the arm by one of the dogs and was treated for his wounds at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

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Johnson was taken into custody and is facing additional charges.

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