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Farmington man dies in high speed chase

FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A 24-year-old man died after leading police on a high speed chase from Farmington to Red Wing, Minn., early Sunday morning.

According to a press release issued by police chief Brian Lindquist, Farmington officers attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle at approximately 4:08 a.m. The driver did not stop, and instead, led officers on a high-speed chase. Police followed the suspect through Hampton, Minn., and Miesville, Minn. As the suspect neared Red Wing, a Red Wing officer deployed spikes in an attempt to slow the vehicle.

The suspect continued at a high rate of speed, lost control of the vehicle, and struck a tree. The driver was confirmed dead at the scene, according to Lindquist's release. The Minnesota State Patrol has recorded 4:35 a.m. as the time of the incident.

The suspect was driving a four-door Buick sedan. The car had been reported as stolen from Scott County, Lindquist said.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the incident. As of 10 a.m. Sunday, the driver's name had not been released, pending family notification.

According to Lindquist, the Farmington officer, an eight-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave, per standard procedure.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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