March 19, 2007

High-speed chase goes for 32 miles through area, ends north of Hutch

By Lynda Jensen

A high-speed chase that went for 32 miles – crossing three counties – started in Delano and ended north of Hutchinson in the early morning hours Friday.

David Duane Soderberg, 34, of St. Paul was driving a 2003 Buick Century along Highway 12 when he was stopped by the Wright County Sheriff’s Department for an equipment violation at 1:39 a.m. in Delano, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

The Wright County deputy made contact with Soderberg, and discovered that he was driving with a revoked license.

“The officer was going to tow the vehicle, when the suspect decided he wasn’t going to wait around for that,” said Lt. Dan Anselment of Wright County.

Soderberg took off, ending up westbound on Wright County Road 30 from Delano. He took Wright County Road 8, south of Waverly, and proceeded south, Anselment said.

From there, he ended up in Carver County and turned westbound onto Highway 7, Anselment said. Then Soderberg took a series of off-roads, ending up north of Hutchinson.

Speeds exceeded 100 mph during the chase, but this ended when officers used speed sticks to blow out one of Soderberg’s tires, which slowed him down.

From there, a McLeod County deputy used a highly technical apprehension technique called a “Pit Technique,” which means that the officer will bump the back of the vehicle, causing it to leave the road, Anselment said.

No one, including Soderberg, was injured during the chase.

The chase stopped at the intersection of County Road 79 (North High Drive) and School Road.

Soderberg was charged with fleeing an officer, second degree DWI, second degree refusal DWI, and driving after revocation.

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