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494 CHASE SUSPECT: 'I feel like a jerk'

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In an exclusive jailhouse interview with Fox 9 News, the man who was behind the wheel when his driving caught the attention of officers during a manhunt for a cop killer says he feels sorry for putting anyone in jeopardy.

Steven Kellum he had no idea a Mendota Heights police officer had been killed and that officers were looking for the killer in a green, four-door car. All he know was: He was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong car.

Kellum is still sitting in the Washington County Jail, and he openly admitted that he feels "like a jerk" for putting people in danger during Wednesday's high-speed chase that included several state troopers. He explained that he had just pulled into a nature preserve along Sibley Highway on his way back from a friend's funeral to smoke some pot but accidentally drove onto a bike path. When he backed out, three police officers in squad cars were staring at him -- but he didn't know why.

When officers tried to pull him over, Kellum said he freaked out because he didn't have a valid driver's license and thought the officers were going to kill him because he suffers from PTSD. So, he sped off and led police on a high speed chase up Interstate 94 that lasted all the way to Woodbury until one officer pulled a PIT maneuver to spin out the green Saturn Kellum had borrowed from a friend.

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Kellum told Fox 9 News he was paralyzed with fear when state troopers and other officers approached his car with their guns drawn, and that's why he didn't get out. In fact, he said officers used a Taser and a K-9 officer to pull him from the front seat -- all while he kept his hands up so that it would be caught on video by the news choppers above if they shot and killed him.

Yet, despite his fears, Kellum said he appreciates how professional the state troopers were throughout the chase. In fact, he said that if it was any other agency, he believes he'd be dead right now.

Officers did find meth in the vehicle Kellum was driving, and Kellum has been charged with fleeing police and driving under the influence; however, he has refused to go to court so far to have his bail set because he says he doesn't want to get out unless he can get some help.

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