2 arrested after leading police on chase in stolen car

Published 10:35 am Monday, December 14, 2015

Albert Lea police arrested two people Sunday night after a reported chase in town that ended near the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Hawthorne Street.

Matthew Rowand

Matthew Rowand

Matthew James Rowand, 32, was arrested for felony possession of stolen property, fleeing on foot and felony fleeing in a motor vehicle.

Elana Shira Lenz, 43, was arrested for fleeing on foot, fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of stolen property at 11:57 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Hawthorne Street.

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Albert Lea police Lt. Darren Hanson said officers observed a vehicle with license plates that didn’t look right and found they had disguised the license plate number.

An officer reportedly went to stop the vehicle on Fountain Street to investigate further, and the vehicle reportedly took off heading east. The vehicle reportedly turned north on Bridge Avenue and was stopped by officers at the road’s intersection with Hawthorne Street.

The chase reportedly was for about a mile, and both suspects exited the vehicle and tried to run, but were apprehended.

All Albert Lea police officers participated in the chase.

Speeds reportedly reached 70 mph on Bridge Avenue. The vehicle was found to be stolen.



Elana Lenz

Elana Lenz

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