Two men were arrested May 31 after deputies spotted a man wanted for a felony drug warrant who then fled from an attempted traffic stop, according to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott.

A chase ensued that lasted more than 8 miles and ended shortly after the suspect vehicle collided with a squad car, causing damage to the fleeing vehicle that resulted in it having to stop. Deputies who were pursuing the fleeing vehicle saw the front seat passenger throwing hypodermic needles and baggies out the vehicle’s window during the chase, Brott reported.

The driver, Eric Rossiter Johnson, 47, of Annandale, and the passenger, Brian Scott Holzschuh, 55, of North Branch, were arrested. A second passenger was not arrested.

The chase began when investigators from the Sherburne County Drug Task Force were driving to an area where they believed Johnson could be located. He had an active warrant for a first-degree felony drug possession charge in Wright County.

The chase ended up on Central Avenue at speeds of 45-50 mph, and investigators saw items being thrown from the vehicle as it fled. After hitting a squad, the fleeing vehicle then ran another stop sign and got onto Highway 10, heading west. The truck slowed and eventually stopped because of the damage sustained when it hit the squad.

Johnson and Holzschuch were booked at the Sherburne County Jail.

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