By Ryan Gueningsman
WATERTOWN, MN Two suspects are being sought following a high-speed chase that began in Watertown, briefly entered Wright County south of Delano, and wound its way east to Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Independence before officers lost the suspects early Thursday morning.
“We had a deputy in Carver County that started chasing a couple of motorcycles, and they sped off on him,” said Carver County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bob VanDenBroeke. “The deputy followed one into Wright County, then back into Carver, and lost it.”
VanDenBroeke said the incident began at 1:23 a.m. in Watertown on Lewis Avenue. As the deputy followed the two motorcycles, they eventually split up and the deputy continued after one of them, giving chase for about seven minutes, VanDenBroeke said.
“Then, at 1:47 a.m., we got notified Hennepin County had found one of the motorcycles at County Road 6 and Copeland Road, and the driver had fled on foot,” VanDenBroeke said. “The state put a helicopter up, but did not locate the individual who fled the crashed motorcycle or the motorcycle that eluded our deputy.”
An officer from West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) had been monitoring Carver County’s radio traffic, learned about the chase, and positioned himself in the area of county roads 6 and 17 in the event one of the motorcycles headed that direction, according to WHPS.
Not long after, the officer spotted a motorcycle with a driver matching the description of the suspect who fled the Carver County deputy.
The officer observed the motorcycle traveling slightly above the speed limit and aimed a spotlight at the motorcycle. The officer then followed the motorcycle, but lost sight of it in the area of Copeland Road, according to WHPS.
The officer later found the motorcycle abandoned in the area of Pioneer Creek Golf Course, and the driver apparently fled on foot.
A perimeter was set up in the area, and a search for the driver took place. Officers continued searching for the suspect until 3:32 a.m. in the area of Pioneer Creek, according to VanDenBroeke.
The motorcycle was impounded by the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, and VanDenBroeke said officials made contact with a relative of the registered owner of the motorcycle that had been left at the golf course, but he said he wasn’t sure of the outcome of that.
VanDenBroeke asked if anyone has information about this incident or knows the identity of the drivers to call the Carver County Sheriff’s Office at (952) 361-1231. To remain anonymous, one may call (952) 361-1224.