17-year-old suspect steals GFW van, arrested after pursuit 10 May 18

A 17-year-old male suspect was arrested early Saturday morning, May 5th, after stealing a GFW School District van and taking police on a pursuit from Fairfax to Franklin. According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was searching for a suspect in a fight reported on the 400 block of South Park Street in Fairfax when he noticed a vehicle without its lights on. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled west out of Fairfax on Highway 19. The suspect crashed the stolen van in Franklin and was arrested and identified as the suspect in the fight. The van was damaged in several areas following the crash. The juvenile is being held at the Prairie Lakes Youth Program in Willmar.