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Boy arrested after high-speed chase through Dodge County in stolen concrete mixer

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DODGE CENTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

A boy led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen concrete mixer Sunday afternoon, ending in Dodge Center. The truck, which had the keys inside at the time, was stolen from a local contractor.

"I betcha he drove around town 6 or 7 different times," said Dodge Center resident Troy Flatness, who witnessed the chase. "He was smiling, hooting and hollering...he was having a good time."

Flatness and other witnesses said the boy is an 11-year-old Dodge Center resident, but the Dodge County Sheriff's Office is not releasing his name or age.

The chase began on Highway 14, when the concrete mixer was pulled over by a state trooper for speeding. The Dodge County Sheriff's Office says the truck fled, hitting the trooper's car.

"It's certainly not your normal traffic stop, not your normal chase," said Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose.

Dodge County Sheriff says the chase wound through the streets of Dodge Center, then out onto gravel roads towards Kasson, where the driver reached speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

A Kasson Police Cruiser was hit on County Road 13, as the pursuit continued south of Kasson and toward Byron. Eventually, the boy led authorities back on Highway 14 and into Dodge Center.

"We were concerned about the vehicle coming back into Dodge Center because it was our understanding it had been stolen in Dodge Center," said Sheriff Rose.

Helicopters were called in from the Twin Cities to assist in the chase, keeping close tabs on the turns the concrete mixer was making.

The chase turned into a spectacle, with the truck speeding through streets of the town before finally coming to rest on the 600 block of 5th Street Southeast.

"Everybody was out with their cameras," said Flatness. "It was like a parade and I had no idea what was going on."

The suspect then got out of the car and tried to run, Sheriff Rose says. That's when he was arrested. He has been taken to a juvenile detention center in Rochester and will be charged on Monday in Dodge County.

No one was injured during the incident.

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