Two arrested after high-speed chase through southeast Rochester
A chase at high rates of speed early Friday morning through Southeast Rochester led to the arrest of two men at gunpoint.
At about 12:04 a.m., a Rochester police officer noticed a vehicle pull out of the Walmart South parking lot driving aggressively. The officer followed the car as it reached speeds of 80 mph on 20th Street Southeast, and then called off the chase, said Sgt. Kirby Long of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department.
The vehicle was spotted a short time later parked and unoccupied near Ninth Avenue and 10th Street Southeast. An officer waited nearby, and when the occupants got back in the car, started following again. An Olmsted County Sheriff’s Deputy picked up the chase, which reached speeds of between 60 and 80 mph, going through stop signs, and finally coming to a short halt when the chased vehicle drove over a roundabout median on College Drive Southeast, Long said.
The car took off again, driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Collegeview Drive Southeast, did a U-turn at Circle Drive Northeast, and drove into a ditch, Long said. At that point, the deputy took the two occupants of the car into custody at gunpoint.
Arrested were the driver, Jimmy Douangmychit, 29, of Rochester, and a passenger, Rath An, 41, of Rochester.
Douangmychit is facing charges of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, fifth-degree controlled substance, introduction of a controlled substance into a correction facility, failing to stop at a stop sign, speeding and DUI. He was allegedly in possession of 4.04 grams of marijuana.
An could be charged with third-degree controlled substance. Long said 18.21 grams of meth were found on the passenger side of the vehicle.