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By Chris Hrapsky

High-speed chase in NW Rochester ends with crash

ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- Around 5:00 p.m. on New Year's Day, a State Trooper tried to pull a car over on Highway 52 south for speeding.

The driver decided to get off the highway using the 55th Street Northwest exit, and he wasn't going to start the New Year without a chase.

Minnesota State Trooper Eric Bormann says, "He has a suspended driver's license and was speeding and he didn't want to get caught.  So he decided to flee in his vehicle." 

The chase began on 55th Street NW and continued onto West Circle Drive reaching speeds up to 120 miles per hour.

Bormann says, "It's not fun.  It might look fun on TV shows like "Cops," but actually doing it is pretty scary at times."

After a few miles, the driver in the getaway car tried to turn on to 3rd Street NW but slid out of control and crashed into some trees.

That's when 13-year-old Brady Banfield saw the passenger running away from the car.

Brady says, "When I was playing on the ice, I heard these loud sirens coming.  Then I saw this guy coming with a grey sweatshirt and I asked him what his name was and he said it was Charlie."

With Brady's help and the nose of a K-9, the runaway passenger was found shortly after he fled.

Why did the passenger run?

Bormann says, "Same level of intelligence as the driver I guess."

State Troopers and Rochester Police arrested the driver who had some marijuana in the car and who police say appeared to be drinking.

Police say it was luckily a safe end to an unnecessary chase.

Both men are in the Olmsted County Jail tonight awaiting an assortment of charges from DWI to possession of marijuana.

According the Minnesota State Patrol, the driver of the vehicle was 25-year-old Bennie Davis of Rochester.

His passenger was a 23-year-old Minneapolis man.

Neither were injured.  

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