Man arrested after high speed chase in Stearns County

9:24 PM, Oct 5, 2012   |    comments
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A Cokato man was arrested and faces several charges after leading police on a high-speed chase that started south of St. Augusta, wound through the heart of St. Cloud and ended when the driver crashed in Sauk Rapids, said Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner.

Stearns County deputies, the State Patrol and St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Sartell police departments were involved in the chase, which started just after 10 a.m. and ended with four Stearns squad cars damaged.

The suspect, a 32-year-old man, was arrested after the vehicle he was driving crashed on the ramp that leads from northbound Minnesota Highway 15 to Benton Drive in Sauk Rapids.

There were no injuries.

A Stearns deputy on routine patrol spotted the 2002 Jaguar that the suspect was driving and ran a license plate check, Sanner said. The check showed that the registered owner's driving privileges had been revoked, Sanner said.

A deputy tried to stop the vehicle but it sped away, Sanner said.

The vehicle drove onto a farm site and caused extensive damage, Sanner said. The chase then went through St. Augusta, onto County Road 75 and into St. Cloud, continuing at high speeds through the city.

The driver ended up on Minnesota Highway 15 and was exiting at the Benton Drive exit when a pursuing vehicle used a maneuver that disabled the suspect's Jaguar. The suspect tried to ram a Stearns County squad car to get away, but was unsuccessful, Sanner said.

Firefighters had to extinguish a fire in the engine compartment of the Jaguar, and the driver was arrested.

He had numerous outstanding felony warrants, Sanner said.

Deputies are required to use good judgment and common sense when deciding whether to chase a vehicle that is a danger to the public, Sanner said. Such decisions often are made under difficult and unpredictable circumstances, he said.

All reports and in-squad video will be reviewed to determine whether the actions taken by officers were needed and appropriate, Sanner said.

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