Man pleads guilty to leading police on high-speed chase

Published 8:20 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2017

An Austin man charged with leading authorities on a high-speed chase in October 2016 in Albert Lea pleaded guilty Monday in Freeborn County District Court.

Coniah Horton

Coniah Emmerson Horton, 33, pleaded guilty to fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Court documents state Horton was arrested after an Albert Lea Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop at about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 4, 2016, near the intersection of James Avenue and Fourth Avenue.

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Horton reportedly accelerated his vehicle to approximately 41 mph and blew through a stop sign at the intersection of St. John Avenue and East Fifth Street, court documents state.

Court documents state Horton turned west on Fifth Street and accelerated to nearly 60 mph, weaving into oncoming traffic.

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.

Horton was found and taken into custody on the 300 block of East Seventh Street after a K-9 search reportedly noticed a door partially ajar on an unattached garage.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13. 

Horton is expected to be sentenced to less than two years in prison. He originally faced charges of fourth-degree burglary, fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle and reckless driving, but those charges are expected to be dismissed at sentencing.

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