County: Seventeen-year-old leads police on 17-mile chase through Golden Valley, Plymouth, Maple Grove

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A 17-year old Minneapolis boy is being charged with a felony after allegedly leading police on a 17-mile police chase through three cities.

Kavion Jayonn Barnett, age 17, faces a single charge of fleeing a peace office in a motor vehicle in connection with a chase that started in Golden Valley and ended in Maple Grove on Nov. 13. Although he is a juvenile, Barnett’s name was released to the public because he was charged with a felony, said Chuck Laszewski, media coordinator for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responded to a reported burglary Nov. 13 on the 530 block of Meadow Lane in Golden Valley. The homeowner had dialed 911 at 6:42 a.m. ,when she heard someone attempt to break in the door, followed by the sounds of a broken window. She saw two men outside of her house and a black truck (later reported to be stolen) in the driveway.

When police arrived, the truck drove around the responding squad car and led police on the 17-mile chase with speeds that at times approached 100 mph. The truck, which Barnett was driving, eventually lost control and ended up in a wooded area in Maple Grove.

Three men were in the vehicle. Barnett reportedly told authorities several times that, as a juvenile, nothing was going to happen to him, and that he planned to return to the Golden Valley Police Department to laugh at them because he was not in custody, the complaint concluded.

The other two men in the car will not be charged, Laszewski said, but Barnett could face additional charges.

“Because Mr. Barnett was in custody, we had to quickly charge him with something,” Laszweski said. “The most solid case was the fleeing felony. As more investigation is done, additional charges could occur.”

At the time of this article’s deadline, no further charges had been filed.

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