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Deputies arrest driver after early morning vehicle pursuit

NEW LONDON -- Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies arrested a 50-year-old man early today after a high-speed pursuit that ended when the man's vehicle's rolled over in the ditch.

According to a news release from Sheriff Dan Hartog, the pursuit began after a deputy initiated a traffic stop at 1:01 a.m. at Highway 23 and County Road 31 northeast of New London. The deputy recognized the driver from a prior contact and believed that the name and date of birth given by the driver were false.

The deputy requested back-up. Another deputy arrived and they approached the driver. They ordered him to shut the vehicle off and exit the vehicle, but he drove off. The pursuit extended over 10 miles and reached speeds up to 100 mph. It ended when deputies initiated a PIT maneuver and the vehicle rolled over in the ditch.

The driver was arrested for speeding, driving after revocation, giving a false name and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the New London Ambulance, New London Fire Department, Willmar Ambulance and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad.