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Man arrested after chase is identified
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Federal agents identified one of two men arrested Friday morning following a high-speed chase out of Hudson into Washington County.

The U.S. Marshals Service named Ernest Donald Atchison as the passenger of a vehicle that rammed a Hudson police car and sped off to Minnesota in a chase that ended in Oakdale.

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Agents said Atchison, 29, was wanted on Ramsey County felony warrants including theft, robbery, fleeing police and probation violation.

Thomas Volk, a U.S. Marshals deputy, did not release the driver's name since charges were pending.

Atchison was arrested outside LA Fitness in Oakdale; the driver of the vehicle was arrested inside an LA Fitness locker room.

The marshals service said Ramsey County deputies had previously attempted to apprehend Atchison on Wednesday, but he fled officers in a vehicle. That also led to a high-speed chase that was ultimately called off for safety concerns.

Atchison was jailed in Ramsey County, where he was booked on the outstanding warrants. The driver was taken to Washington County jail, where charges were pending.

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