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Teen leads police on high-speed chase

Drew Wynes graduated from Rosemount High School on June 7. Eleven days later, he led Rosemount police on a high-speed chase on city streets.

Rosemount police tried to stop Wynes, 18, shortly after 11 p.m. June 18 after noticing he was driving without taillights. He also reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Wynes at first hit his brakes when police tried to stop him, but then sped away.

Wynes turned onto Dekalb Avenue, then onto 144th Street and 145th Street. According to the complaint he hit speeds of 50 miles per hour or more on residential street and was near 90 miles per hour on Diamond Path.

Wynes hit a curb on 147th Street that caused his front and rear right-side tires to go flat, but continued driving. At the intersection of Pilot Knob Road and Diamond Path he ran a red light and nearly hit a northbound driver. He eventually stopped on 126th Street in Apple Valley.

According to the complaint, the officer ordered Wynes out of the car with his hands in the air. Wynes got out, but didn’t put his hands up. He told the officer he was unarmed and that he had just “ruined his life.”

In a statement to police, Wynes said he’d sped away because he was scared.

While searching Wynes’ car police found a scale and several clear baggies containing small amounts of marijuana.

If convicted on a felony charge of fleeing a police officer, Wynes could face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $5,000. A misdemeanor charge of reckless driving has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Wynes has also been charged with possession of marijuana and failure to stop at stop signs, both petty misdemeanors with a maximum fine of $300.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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