A Bovey man has been charged with multiple crimes including four felonies after leading law enforcement in a pursuit Friday afternoon, June 14.

According to the criminal complaint filed with the Itasca County Attorney’s Office, Nicholas Michael Raimondi, 25, was a suspect in the theft of two Ford F150 pickup trucks. On Friday, Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputies learned that the pickups could possibly be located at a residence on U.S. Highway 2 in Itasca County. Upon further investigation, Raimondi was observed at the residence and known to have an active felony probation warrant from Itasca County and his driving privileges were revoked. When Raimondi was seen driving a white 2001 Ford pickup that had been listed as stolen, the deputy attempted to pull the truck over. Raimondi immediately fled from said deputy, accelerating to speeds in excess of 105 mph and traveling westbound on the right shoulder of Highway 2 where it nearly ran other vehicles off the road.

The deputy followed the suspect northbound on Gun Road and eventually forced the truck driven by Raimondi into the ditch before the pursuit continued eastbound on County Road 21, again accelerating to speeds of more than 100 mph. The truck later turned southbound on County Road 453, a gravel road where the truck began to fish-tail. While continuing on County Road 453, Raimondi forced an oncoming UPS truck into the ditch.

Raimondi eventually lost control of the truck and left the roadway, traveling into a yard and crashing into a large balsam tree, shearing it off at the stump before finally stopping. A male passenger in the truck complied with law enforcement and exited the truck. Raimondi fled into the woods. Raimondi was tracked by K9 officers near the shore of Clearwater Lake and was taken into custody. 

Upon booking, Raimondi tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine (both Schedule II controlled substances). He was booked into the Itasca County Jail. A search warrant was executed that evening at the residence on Highway 2 and deputies found a 410 caliber shotgun with the barrel sawed off, a Winchester 30-30 lever action rifle and several rounds of ammunition were located in the bedroom occupied by Raimondi. 

Felony charges filed against Raimondi on Monday, June 17, include: Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm or Ammunition, Theft of a Firearm, Possession of a Short Barrel Shotgun and Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle. Raimondi is also charged with Driving While Impaired and Criminal Vehicular Operation. The top count of the complaint carries a presumptive prison sentence of 60 months. Raimondi has been convicted of five prior felony offenses and is currently on probation after being convicted of a firearm offense in May 2019. 

Raimondi made his first appearance in district court Monday. District Court Judge Heidi Chandler ordered that Raimondi be held without bail on his probationary file and set bail on the new criminal file at $100,000 without conditions and $50,000 with conditions. The next court appearance is set for June 24 at 9:30 a.m.

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