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One in custody after traffic pursuit and hit and run on Highway 14 west of Rochester

Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 5:19 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – One man is in custody after fleeing from Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) and leaving his vehicle on the road burning after a hit and run during the pursuit.

According to MSP, a 24-year-old Rochester man was observed speeding by a MSP trooper Monday afternoon on Highway 14, just west of Rochester. The trooper activated emergency lights, but the man continued to speed eastbound on Highway 14.

The suspect then collided with a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Highway 14 and County Club Road, then proceeded to continue eastbound. No injuries were reported in the crash.

The trooper identified the license plate and discontinued the pursuit. The suspects vehicle was found shortly after on the right side of the road with mechanical issues and the suspect was spotted running from the vehicle.

The driver was taken into custody by other troopers assisting in the pursuit. The criminal charges include 4th Degree DWI, Fleeing in Motor Vehicle, Hit and Run Crash, and Speeding.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – Traffic is back to normal Monday night after a car caught fire just west of town around 4:30 p.m.

Flames can be seen coming from a car on Highway 14, west of Rochester
Flames can be seen coming from a car on Highway 14, west of Rochester(KTTC)

A viewer sent us this photo on Highway 14. Flames were seen coming from the car. This is roughly 3 miles west of town.

Multiple law enforcement cars were at the scene and blocking traffic while trying to put out the flames.

No word yet on any injuries or what caused the fire.

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