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Police chase at DCTC ends peacefully

A joyride on a training track at Dakota County Technical College landed a man in jail this morning.

Shortly before 10 a.m., the track’s safety coordinator,  Jim Unger, heard a car driving on DCTC’s Decision Driving Range. He blocked the exit with one of DCTC’s training vehicles and then called the Dakota County Sheriff’s deputy on duty at the college to come intervene. The man was driving a black Pontiac Grand Am.

Even after the deputy came on scene, the driver refused to stop, said Unger.  The deputy called in other agencies in to assist with the pursuit.

After attempts to use stop sticks failed, a Rosemount police officer used a pursuit intervention technique to stop the vehicle, Unger said.

Unger said the irony of the situation is the training course is used to teach police tactical and emergency driving maneuvers. A former police officer, Unger said the situation ended ideally and he’s glad no one was hurt.

 “It was probably the safest chase ever,” said Unger.

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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