Not guilty plea in 120 mph chase

Published 9:11 pm Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Minneapolis man who reportedly led a Minnesota State Patrol trooper on a chase at speeds of more than 120 mph earlier this month in Freeborn County pleaded not guilty Thursday to fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Travion Damond Simms, 19, entered his plea in Freeborn County District Court.

Travion Damond Simms

Travion Damond Simms

According to court documents, a trooper received a complaint shortly after 4:30 p.m. May 14 on a report that a Nissan Altima was speeding, crossing over fog lines and centerlines, and passing semis on the righthand shoulder one mile north of the Minnesota and Iowa border on Interstate 35.

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The vehicle reportedly did not stop after the trooper activated his emergency lights once the vehicle was registered speeding seven miles north. Speeds reportedly soon exceeded 100 mph and the chase continued two miles north on I-35, where the vehicle reportedly passed several vehicles on the shoulder before weaving into the left lane.

Court documents state the trooper was traveling 124 mph and the vehicle was still pulling away.

The chase reportedly continued north of Ellendale before the vehicle reportedly struck stop sticks one mile north of the Hope exit.

After speeds slowed, the vehicle reportedly pulled over and all four occupants reportedly pulled out their hands to indicate they were not armed.

Simms was reportedly later identified. He reportedly said he had fled because he knew his license had been suspended and he had no insurance for the vehicle. He had reportedly been trying to get as close as possible to the Twin Cities.

A settlement conference is scheduled for Aug. 10 and a jury trial Oct. 25, if the case has not been settled by that point.

Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle carries a maximum sentence of three years and one day in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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