Last week a man driving a black BMW successfully outran a Winona County sheriff's deputy by slamming on the gas pedal, hurtling into the town of St. Charles at speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The deputy tried to pull over the man on Highway 14 at about 9:30 p.m. on December 17 between Rochester and Winona. Instead of obeying, the driver rocketed westbound, forcing law enforcement to give up the chase when he came upon St. Charles city limits.
"I'm concerned about the endangerment of other people and the officer. When you've got somebody that's driving that type of speed, that's not worth going after," says Sheriff David Brand, who notes that the BMW kicked up to at least 115 mph. "I've been in the business many years, and I don't want to see somebody get killed over a traffic violation."
Brand is working with Rochester police to find the driver. The deputy recorded his license plate number, but it didn't come back registered because it was a new plate.
"We have a pretty good idea on who was involved in it, but we haven't made an arrest yet, as far as I know," says Brand.
But when the guy is finally caught, he can expect to get lit up. "We'll probably charge him with fleeing a police officer, reckless driving, careless driving, for every time he went through a stop sign, signal violations, you name it."
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