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Wabasha County officials looking for suspect after car chase

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ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. (KTTC) -- Wabasha County officials are looking for a suspect in a high-speed chase early Wednesday morning. It led them through two counties until the driver got out of the car and fled on foot. 

It started when the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office received a burglary call from a home near Zumbro Falls and Hammond. While officials were on their way, they saw a suspicious vehicle driving way over the speed limit about 2 a.m. Wednesday at Highway 63 and County Road 11. When deputies began to chase the driver, that person continued to evade police for 30 minutes.

The Planview Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol helped in chasing down the suspect, who turned down County Road 12 in Olmsted County before veering back through Wabasha County on County Road 80, where the suspect's vehicle was found.

"The vehicle ended up being found in the Ryan's Bay area," said Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh. "It was unoccupied and we're still trying to piece it together as far as who it was in that vehicle."

One deputy's vehicle went off into a ditch during the chase because of loose gravel on the streets the suspect was driving on. Once officials found the abandoned vehicle, they searched for three more hours throughout the Camp Victory area without finding the driver.

Sheriff Bartsh said it is unknown if the suspect is involved with the burglary call. The home was not broken into. Bartsh also said the sheriff's office has the suspect's truck in possession and officials are trying to locate the owner.

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