High Speed Chase Begins In Stewartville, Ends On Dead-End Street
Stewartville, MN (KROC AM News) - A high-speed police chase that began in Stewartville ended a few miles later when the pursued driver made the mistake of turning onto a dead-end road.
The pursuit began on Main St around 8:15 pm Wednesday when an Olmsted County deputy tried to pull over the driver of a pickup truck for a traffic violation.
The driver took off on northbound Highway 63 and speeds reached 90 mph by the time he reached the I-90 overpass. The man took the County Rd 16 exit and nearly crashed at the roundabout at the top of the roadway. He then drove back to northbound Highway 63 and turned onto nearby Woodbine St. He apparently was not aware it was a dead-end street. The man hit the brakes but ended up crashing into an oak tree when he reached the end of the road.
When the man refused to get out of the truck, the deputy who had been chasing him threatened to let his K9 loose. The man surrendered and after being checked out at the hospital, was taken to jail.
The man was identified as 38-year-old Keith Butler, a former Stewartville man who has a St Paul address. It was learned two felony warrants had been issued for his arrest. Butler is now facing multiple new charges.