WILD POLICE CHASE INVOLVES BOY
Officers from numerous police agencies may have had a surprised look on their faces Sunday afternoon after they apprehended the driver of a stolen cement mixer that eluded them for more than an hour.
After the truck finally came to a stop in a cul-de-sac in the southeast area of Dodge Center, a boy took off running and was apprehended, according to Sheriff Scott Rose. Though not confirmed by Rose or any other court officials, the boy is believed to be an 11-year-old from Dodge Center.
The drama of the wild police chase that resulted in no one getting injured has captured the attention of people around the country. Video clips have aired on NBC’s Today Show and Inside Edition. The DCI also has a short clip on its website at steeledodgenews.com.
The juvenile was transported to a juvenile detention center in Rochester and made his first court appearance in a closed hearing in Dodge County District Court Tuesday morning. Rose said, “Judge Williamson advised those in attendance that due to the nature of this incident and the fact the suspect is a juvenile, this is considered a confidential case so no additional information will be released.”
It’s unknown what the juvenile has been charged with. However, based on the details of what the DCI has pieced together, it would not be unusual for a suspect in such a case to be charged with serious felonies of fleeing police, assault and criminal damage to property.
Sheriff Rose referred further media inquiries to the Court Information Office of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Beau Berentson, a spokesperson for the court, said there is nothing further that will be released regarding this matter because of court rules in place regarding juveniles. “This is a confidential matter,” he told the DCI.
The chase turned into quite the spectacle Sunday afternoon with many people walking around outside or driving around often getting wrapped up in the action. The truck sped through city streets in Dodge Center and U.S. Highway 14 and rural gravel roads between Kasson and Dodge Center.
Witnesses lined the streets watching the drama unfold and reported seeing the boy smiling as he went by with the cops chasing him.
It all started around 3 p.m. when the State Patrol began pursuing a cement truck for speeding on Highway 14 near Kasson. Deputies from Dodge County and officers from Kasson assisted with the pursuit and used stop sticks to disable the truck.
Around 3:05 p.m., the State Patrol advised it was terminating the chase after the truck hit one of the squads involved. The sheriff’s office and Kasson Police continued to try and stop the truck, which was reportedly stolen from Dodge Center.
At 3:14 p.m., a sheriff’s sergeant deployed stop sticks and the truck drove over them puncturing the front right tire while in Dodge Center. The chase kept going out of Dodge Center and on gravel roads towards Kasson. Speeds during the chase reached as high as 70 mph.