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Vehicle Used in Rochester Police Chases Located (UPDATED)

Rochester Police Car
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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – Rochester Police reported Tuesday afternoon that the vehicle used by a Lewiston man in a series of police chases has been located. Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis the gold 2006 Chrysler minivan has been involved in 3 recent police pursuits that were all broken off for safety reasons. The driver, who is wanted on arrest warrants issued in Olmsted and Winona Counties, is still being sought.

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A man who has a habit of fleeing police was at it again Monday in Rochester.

Brian Rathbun-photo from Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office
Brian Rathbun-photo from Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office

A patrol officer spotted the man driving a minivan near St. Francis Church around midnight and tried to pull him over. But the man took off at speeds of 55 – 60 mph and the officer broke off the chase near Silver Lake Park.

Arrest warrants have been issued in Olmsted and Winona counties for 53-year-old Brian Rathbun of Lewiston for recent drug and fleeing police charges.

One incident happened in Oronoco when Rathbun drove off even though a county deputy was pointing a gun at his vehicle.

Court records show Rathbun has been charged with fleeing police about a dozen times since 1990. One of those cases involved a chase that began in Eyota and ended near Chatfield.

He is facing new charges as a result of Monday’s incident and two other pursuits about a week ago in Rochester that happened the same day.

News Update: A truck crashed into a house in Zumbrota early Sunday.

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