Police arrest man after chase

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Speeds reportedly reached 60 mph in residential neighborhood

Albert Lea police arrested an Austin man Tuesday night after a high-speed vehicle chase in Albert Lea.

Police arrested Coniah Emmerson Horton, 31, who is being held in the Freeborn County jail on suspicion of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer on foot, driving after revocation and other charges.

Coniah Horton

Coniah Horton

At about 10:45 p.m. an Albert Lea Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of James Avenue and Fourth Street for a vehicle registration violation, according to police.

The driver reportedly then accelerated and fled through several area streets at speeds of up to 60 mph.

Horton reportedly could not navigate a bend in the road on Virginia Place, resulting in the vehicle going over a curb and resting partially in a yard.

Police said Horton then reportedly fled on foot.

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted police in establishing a perimeter around the area. The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit began an area search to locate Horton.

the K-9 search reportedly noticed a door partially ajar on an unattached garage in the 300 block of East Seventh Street about one block from where the vehicle crashed. The K-9 reportedly strongly alerted at the entry door, and Horton was found and taken into custody.

No injuries were reported from the chase.

The Minnesota State Patrol assisted on scene.

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