UPDATE: Homicide, chase and fatal crash investigated
AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) - Authorities continue to investigate a homicide in Austin and a likely related chase and fatal crash in Waseca County that took place early Friday morning.
Austin police and Mower County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call shortly after 3 a.m. to a report of yells for help from a home on the 500 block of 4th Street NW in Austin.
The caller reported seeing what appeared to be a body on the ground in front of the home, and a tall male leaving the scene. Responding authorities found the victim inside the residence deceased.
"As the Mower County deputy was the first to arrive on the scene, he observed a red Saab leaving the area driving south on 4th Street NW at a high rate of speed," said Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.
A 50-mile high speed chase ensued, with the Minnesota State Patrol, Mower, Freeborn and Waseca County sheriff's offices joining in the pursuit, which at times reached speeds in excess of 130 miles an hour and which stretched for 50 miles.
Krueger said stop sticks were deployed at about 4 a.m. on Highway 13 just south of Waseca and the driver of the red Saab lost control of the vehicle and it flipped into a field. The driver of the red Saab was ejected from the vehicle and died in the crash, according to authorities.
Investigators from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Minnesota State Patrol and Austin police are investigating.
The identities of the victims will be released once autopsies have taken place.
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