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13-year-old leads police on a chase

A 13-year-old driver led Rosemount police on a three-mile chase in the heart of the city early Monday afternoon.

The pursuit started around 2:50 p.m. Monday when a Rosemount police officer tried to stop a car that failed to stop for a stop sign. According to police chief Eric Werner, the driver accelerated to a high speed and the officer pursued.

The chase took place in the area of Chippendale Avenue, Shannon Parkway, 145th Street and Dodd Boulevard.

At one point the officer attempted a PIT maneuver, slamming into the other car in an attempt to get it to stop. The move was not successful, but the driver pulled over and gave up a short time later.

Two Rosemount squad cars were involved in the pursuit. Squads from the Dakota County Sheriff’s office and Apple Valley police assisted but arrived after the pursuit had ended.

Werner said the conditions on the road help determine whether Rosemount police officers get involved in a pursuit.

“We’re constantly evaluating the nature of the offense, what is going on with traffic conditions, are there pedestrians,” he said. “There was nobody injured during the pursuit. The officers were able to handle this in a professional manner.”

As of Tuesday afternoon the 13-year-old was being held at the Dakota County Juvenile Detention Facility on probably cause theft of motor vehicle, traffic violations and fleeing a police officer.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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