Woman leads police on chase

Published 8:58 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Speeds allegedly reach 100 mph in 2-state pursuit

A Kansas City, Missouri, woman who allegedly led officers on a chase Monday in Iowa and Minnesota that reached speeds of about 110 mph was charged with a felony Tuesday in Freeborn County District Court.

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Monica Christine Lynch, 45, is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Monica Christine Lynch

Court documents state Lynch was charged after officers responded to Interstate 35 in Cerro Gordo County at approximately 7:10 p.m. Monday regarding a pursuit that started on 300th Street in Cerro Gordo County.

She reportedly fled the scene in a 2005 Dodge Ram after an officer attempted to pull her over for traveling 62 mph in a 55 mph zone. The truck turned north on I-35, reaching speeds of about 110 mph.

She reportedly threw items suspected to be methamphetamine and marijuana from the truck, according to the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office.

The chase continued through Worth County and into Freeborn County, where Lynch reportedly turned off the interstate onto Freeborn County Road 46 and swerved around a set of stop sticks thrown by officers, stopping suddenly on the exit ramp.

Lynch reportedly said “I’ve never done this before,” and laughed when officers asked her why she fled officers.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steven Schwab set conditional bail at $50,000. Lynch’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 22.

In addition to the Freeborn County charge, Lynch is charged with felony eluding, felony firearm possession by a felon, misdemeanor meth possession and marijuana possession, littering and having no driver’s license in Cerro Gordo County in connection with the case.

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

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