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Finnish police apprehend one of Nordics’ most-wanted after high-speed chase

Police arrested one of Sweden’s most-wanted criminals on Friday in the town of Orimattila, about a half-hour drive south of the city of Lahti.

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Nordic police forces cooperate to apprehend most-wanted suspects in the region. Image: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva

Police captured Jani Kellokumpu, a Swedish national, following a high-speed car chase on Friday evening that ended on foot in a forest.

The 37 year-old was also wanted by Finnish authorities for manslaughter. Officials said Kellokumpu has killed one person in the past and is now suspected of committing manslaughter in northern Sweden.

In 2016 Kellokumpu was remanded in absentia by a Swedish court on charges of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter after intentionally colliding with a truck while driving under the influence in Haparanda.

Police said Kellokumpu had been hiding out in Sweden and Finland. Friday's sting was the result of Nordic police force cooperation.

Swedish newspaper Expressen was the first to report the news.

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