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Pursuit north of Willmar ends with suspect's vehicle in lake

WILLMAR - A high-speed chase early Sunday morning north of Willmar ended when the suspect's vehicle went off the road and into a lake, forcing the individual to swim to shore.

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WILLMAR - A high-speed chase early Sunday morning north of Willmar ended when the suspect's vehicle went off the road and into a lake, forcing the individual to swim to shore.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said the incident began at 2:43 a.m. Sunday when a deputy observed a vehicle going south at U.S. Highway 71 and 66th Avenue Northeast, traveling fast at an estimated speed of 96 mph. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle and then pursued it before temporarily losing sight of the vehicle when the driver turned west onto Kandiyohi County Road 25.

The deputy observed that the suspect had gone off the road and into Kings Lake near First Street Northeast. The Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the suspect was able to get out of the vehicle and swim towards the shore. The driver was taken into custody. There were no injuries and no one else in the vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office. The incident remains under investigation.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Minnesota State Patrol, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Willmar Fire Department, Willmar Ambulance and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office dive team.

 

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