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Two teenagers arrested following car chase

November 8, 2018

Two teenage boys were arrested Monday after allegedly leading Rochester Police and Minnesota State Troopers in a car chase.

Rochester Police were called to the area of 23rd Avenue and 52nd Street Northwest around 8:40 a.m. Monday after a resident in that neighborhood reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area. The caller also told police that when they drove past, the occupants of the car tried to duck down, Capt. Casey Moilanen said.

When police arrived, the two individuals were still in the vehicle. When the two officers stepped out of their cruisers and began to approach the vehicle, the car took off, Moilanen said. The car went up on the grass and then struck a mailbox before continuing on.

Police began to follow the car but called off the pursuit after the driver began to drive aggressively, according to Moilanen. Officers believed the car may have been stolen as it had no plates and the occupants were acting suspiciously, Moilanen said.

When the car got on U.S. Highway 52, a state trooper began to follow it and attempted to stop the vehicle. The car eventually stopped in the 6300 block of West River Road and the two occupants fled on foot. The trooper was able to chase them down and catch them both, Moilanen said.

The 15-year-old passenger may be facing a charge of fleeing an officer on foot. The 16-year-old driver may face charges of fleeing an officer on foot and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle. Moilanen said the driver might also face a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle.

The incident is still under investigation.

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