Two area residents have been charged in Polk County District Court after a high-speed chase Sunday afternoon southwest of Angus.
Speeds reached as high as 100 mph during the approximate two-mile chase.
Jorden Nathaniel Larson, 25, Warren, has been charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and gross misdemeanor second-degree driving while impaired – any amount of a Schedule I/II controlled substance.
Larson was arrested after a Marshall County sheriff’s deputy allegedly found him hiding in a ditch near the intersection of 160th Street Northwest and 340th Avenue Northwest. At the time, a warrant was out for his arrest since he had allegedly failed to appear in court for a Marshall County charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
Passenger Jordan Lorraine Krolak, 23, Karlstad, has been charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. She remained with the vehicle and was arrested after the vehicle finally stopped.
At the time, Krolak was out of jail on conditions of release related to a Marshall County charge of felony theft. She allegedly possessed a rubber tourniquet with methamphetamine residue and a tinfoil ball. Both were found while she was being booked into jail.
The charges stemmed from an attempted traffic stop at about 4:10 p.m. Sunday on Highway 75 in rural Polk County, according to the complaint. It was rainy and cloudy at the time, and the vehicle had a malfunctioning headlight.
Larson allegedly failed to stop and drove faster. A high-speed chase ensued with speeds of about 80 to 100 mph.
At one point, an object was thrown out of a window. It was later determined to be a digital scale. Larson eventually stopped north of the intersection of 320th Avenue and 160th Street. He then exited the vehicle and ran. Krolak, who was a passenger, stayed with the vehicle and was arrested.
The complaint indicated that Krolak got out of the driver’s side of the vehicle behind Larson. Krolak allegedly said Larson drove her to Fargo, N.D. because she wasn’t feeling well. They arrived there to find the clinic full and then went to a Moorhead home.
She said Larson entered and exited the home with a backpack. Krolak told a deputy that she wanted to stop during the pursuit, but Larson didn’t want to stop because he didn’t want to go to jail.
Krolak indicated she hadn’t seen any drugs in the vehicle. Krolak said Larson told her that he loved her once the vehicle stopped and then ran. Both she and Larson told deputies that the vehicle was low on gasoline. Larson allegedly said he ran because he was out on parole and believed he would be going to prison. He said he didn’t possess any drugs on his person or in the vehicle.
Larson said he didn’t think Krolak possessed any drugs. He agreed to provide a urine sample and said he had used marijuana about a week earlier. A field test found the urine tested positive for meth, THC, and DMT. A crystal substance was allegedly found on the passenger seat of the vehicle. It tested positive for meth.
A search of the Pontiac allegedly yielded many baggies, a small blowtorch, a vape pen with meth residue inside, a cap with a white powdery substance, and a one-hitter with what appeared to be burnt marijuana.
Krolak initially said she believed cigarettes were thrown out of the vehicle, but she later indicated that Larson may have thrown small baggies.
At the jail, in two conversations, Krolak wanted to claim ownership of the drugs in the vehicle despite not knowing what was inside the vehicle. She said she wanted to do so since Larson would otherwise be going to jail for a long time.
The complaints indicated that Krolak’s previous convictions include such charges as two counts of false information to law enforcement (both in 2020), one count of escape (2018), and a case involving charges of meth possession and false information to law enforcement (2017).
Larson’s criminal history included convictions for a case involving fifth-degree controlled substance crime and fourth-degree DWI (2017); as well as charges of giving a false name to a peace officer (2017); fifth-degree controlled substance crime (two offenses in 2017 and 2018), and certain persons not to possess firearms (2019). Larson also has other misdemeanor offenses.