Norman County Sheriff’s Office involved in pursuit
Norman County, MN – On Friday, July 16, 2021 Norman County Deputies were attempting to locate an individual who was wanted on outstanding felony warrants.
On the same date, at 0851 hours, a Norman County deputy who was on patrol, observed a maroon 1994 Chevrolet Camaro traveling on MN Highway 9, North of Ada. The deputy observed that the male driver and lone occupant, was violating the hands-free cell phone law. The deputy activated his emergency lights and attempted to make a traffic stop for this violation.
As the deputy attempted to stop this vehicle, the driver/vehicle fled. The deputy pursued the vehicle, learning that the driver was likely the individual whom deputies had been looking for earlier in the day.
As the pursuit continued, the suspect vehicle traveled west on several county and township gravel roads until it reached US Highway 75, north of Shelly. The vehicle then turned north. While northbound on Highway 75, the suspect vehicle encountered a mechanical issue and started on fire. The driver of the vehicle then drove in to an adjacent corn field, exited the vehicle on foot and ran into the corn field. The deputy followed the individual into the corn field, eventually losing sight of him.
A perimeter was set up around the corn field and the Norman County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, along with assistance from Polk County Sheriff K-9 Unit, Clay County Sheriff K-9 Unit, Polk County Drone Unit, Minnesota State Patrol, and several area law enforcement agencies attempted to locate the individual.
Subsequently, on Friday afternoon around 3:30pm, while acting on a tip from a concerned member of the public, a male individual identified as: JACOB SCOTT ITEN, 26, of Gardner, ND was located near the same corn field and was taken into custody without incident. Iten was transported to the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston.
In addition to possible charges in Norman County, Iten has an outstanding warrant in Cass County ND.
The Climax, Nielsville, Shelly and Halstad Fire and Rescue Squads also assisted with this incident