Records published Nov. 1, 2019


Driver arrested after Willmar chase

WILLMAR — A 19-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday night following a chase in Willmar.

According to Willmar police, an officer attempted to stop a motor vehicle in the area of Fourth Street and Becker Avenue Southwest for a suspected traffic offense when the driver sped from the scene. A chase ensued, continuing for approximately one mile until the driver lost control and struck a curb in the 300 block of Willmar Avenue Southwest, disabling the vehicle.

The suspect was taken into custody and is facing several charges, including fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. No injuries were reported but the suspect's vehicle sustained severe damage.

One injured in Hanley Falls crash

HANLEY FALLS — One driver was injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon south of Hanley Falls.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Rita Diann Carrera, 73, of Marshall, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash reported at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday and was transported to Granite Falls Hospital.


She was driving a 2016 Equinox southbound on state Highway 23 at the time of the crash.

A passenger in the Equinox, Susan Mae Monsen, 71, of Tracy, was not injured.

Dorothy Mae Pottratz, 80, of Wood Lake, was driving a 1990 Chevrolet pickup eastbound on 170th Avenue. According to the Patrol report, the pickup stopped for a stop sign, entered the intersection and was struck by the Equinox. Pottratz was not injured.

All three women were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not involved. Roads were dry.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.

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