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Men flee after assaulting state trooper on I-90

December 22, 2018

BLUE EARTH — Two suspects are in custody after a State Patrol trooper suffered injuries in an assault Thursday that led authorities on a pursuit along Interstate 90.

According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Trooper Doug Rauenhorst was assaulted during a traffic stop on I-90 east of Blue Earth and west of Minnesota Highway 254. The vehicle and its occupants then fled the scene.

The suspects led police on a multi-county chase along the interstate with multiple law enforcement agencies in pursuit. According to Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag, the pursuit reached speeds of 115 mph.

The vehicle crossed the median at one point, and was traveling east in the westbound lanes, all while authorities witnessed what appeared to be marijuana bricks being thrown from the windows.

Authorities deployed stop sticks at mile marker 152 near Albert Lea, but the suspects eluded them. After a deputy was hit by one of the bricks of marijuana, the pursuit was called off for safety reasons.

Law enforcement officials continued their search for the men, and enlisted the help of a helicopter.

Albert Lea police found the vehicle parked behind the Brick Furniture store, and located the two suspects from the pursuit inside the Sportsman’s Tavern on Clark Street. Around 3 p.m., both suspects were taken into custody.

The two occupants of the vehicle involved in the incident were Anthony Hector Enriquez, 28, of Milwaukee, and Montrell Antonio Smith, 29, also of Milwaukee. Both were arrested and booked into the Faribault County Jail on probable cause felony assault and possession of a controlled substance.

Enriquez and Smith are expected to be arraigned on Monday in Faribault County District Court.

Rauenhorst, who’s been with the Minnesota State Patrol for 22 years, was transported to United Hospital in Blue Earth, and was released on Friday.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Minnesota State Patrol are with our trooper tonight,” said Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “We want to thank all law enforcement involved in the search for the suspects and are grateful the suspects are in custody and off the streets.”

The Minnesota State Patrol, the Freeborn and Faribault County sheriff’s offices, and the Albert Lea Police Department are assisting the BCA with the investigation.

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