Herald JournalWinsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 15, 2002

LP police chase four-wheeler

By Ryan Gueningsman

What appeared to be a routine traffic stop in the city of Lester Prairie with someone on a four-wheeler, led to a high-speed chase through town that lasted several minutes July 5.

"It was a four-wheeler that didn't stop for a squad car. The initial reason for us attempting to pull him over was for speeding," said Lester Prairie Police Chief Fred Blaser.

The four-wheeler led the officer through town, down Pine Street, and eventually past the Lester Prairie park. The driver then went off the road.

"He went off of the road and it was a little hard to follow him in the squad car," Blaser said.

At this time, the Lester Prairie Police Department does have a general idea who the four-wheeler driver is, but charges have not been filed against anyone.

"If charges are going to be filed on anyone, which could be felony charges, that will be up to the city's attorney," Blaser said.

"Anytime you involve a vehicle of any sort going at fast speeds, you endanger lives," Blaser said. "Luckily, no one was injured."

Squirt gun incident

Several juvenile males from the area caused a scare near ShadowBrooke Golf Course June 20 at approximately 1 p.m.

"We had a report from a vehicle traveling in the area of Shadow- Brooke that another vehicle had pulled up along the side of them and flashed what appeared to be a hand gun," McLeod County Sheriff Wayne Vinkemeier said.

A county patrol car was in the area, and it was found that the reported hand gun was actually a squirt gun.

"The kids just thought it was funny. They may end up being charged with something, possibly disorderly conduct, and the papers have been sent to the county attorney for his review," Vinkemeier said.

"I heard about the squirt-gun incident, but the Lester Prairie Police Department was not involved with that one," Blaser said.

No one was injured in the incident.

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