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Nicholas Michael Raimondi,

A fleeing driver who caused a three-vehicle crash in downtown Duluth this week was under the influence of drugs, according to charges filed Thursday.

Nicholas Michael Raimondi, 23, allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine and marijuana a short time before attempting to elude a traffic stop Monday afternoon. A criminal complaint said a Minnesota State Patrol trooper tried to stop Raimondi for a routine traffic violation along Michigan Street before he fled through downtown.

His Lincoln Town Car ultimately struck a Ford Ranger at the intersection of Second Street and First Avenue East, also collecting an F-150 in the process, the State Patrol reported. Raimondi was briefly hospitalized before being taken to the St. Louis County Jail.

Authorities said they found Raimondi in possession of suspected controlled substances and a syringe. Raimondi also had a warrant out for his arrest since October on an alleged probation violation in a similar case in Isanti County.

Raimondi was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge of fleeing police and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.