Man suspected of breaking church window and stealing a car arrested following police pursuit from Dawson to Montevideo

Chaska man arrested after high-speed police pursuit from Dawson to Montevideo.

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MONTEVIDEO — A 25-year-old Chaska man was arrested on multiple charges after a police pursuit following a suspicious person call around 5:15 p.m. Sunday on the 800 block of First Avenue in Madison, according to a Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The man has been charged with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle, second-degree driving while impaired — refusal to test and felony theft of a motor vehicle. More charges are expected after completion of the investigation.

According to the release, the initial suspicious person call reported the man to be under the influence and had broken a window inside Faith Lutheran Church in Madison.

A short time later, a second call of a stolen vehicle in the same area was reported.

This vehicle was located by a Dawson Police Department officer traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 212.


The vehicle was stopped but took off again, traveling eastbound and a pursuit was initiated.

Spike strips were deployed by the Montevideo Police Department as the pursuit reached speeds over 100 mph. The spikes were successful in deflating two of the vehicle’s tires.

The vehicle came to a stop by the Fiesta Motel in Montevideo, and after a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

No injuries were reported in this incident.

The suspect is being held in the Chippewa County Jail pending a court appearance.

Agencies involved in the pursuit were Dawson Police Department, Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and Montevideo Police Department.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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