CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — A driver was arrested late Wednesday, Sept. 30, after authorities say he led them on a chase through Clay County with a loaded gun and drugs.

About 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, a sheriff's deputy conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 10 near 80th Street in rural Glyndon, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy stopped the vehicle because the registered owner and driver of the vehicle did not have a valid driver's license. But as they were talking to the driver, he fled, heading eastbound on Highway 10 and traveling at a high rate of speed, the sheriff's office said.

A Hawley police officer deployed tire spikes near Highway 10 and 200th Street, deflating some of the vehicle's tires. The deputy then performed a maneuver with their squad car to stop the vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded gun and illegal drugs, the sheriff's office said.

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The driver, James Helps, 40, of Richville, Minn., was being held in the Clay County Jail on suspicion of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, first-degree sale of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, reckless driving and driving with a canceled driver's license.