High Speed Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle Stopped in Mankato

Published On: February 22nd, 20231.1 min readCategories: Covid-19, Featured, Latest Headlines, Local News, News

Yesterday, deputies responded to a report of a Chrysler Pacifica traveling at a  high rate of speed eastbound on Highway 60 in the area of Lake Crystal. Additional checks determined  the Pacifica was reported stolen earlier in the morning from the city of Heron Lake in Jackson County. 

Deputies located the stolen vehicle near the junction of Highways 60 and 169 traveling at 98mph. The  male driver appeared to be the only occupant and refused to stop. The pursuit went north on Highway  169 through Mankato with multiple law enforcement agencies assisting.

Pursuit intervention techniques were utilized to slow the stolen vehicle and bring it to a stop including  Stop Sticks and PIT maneuvers. The stolen vehicle was boxed in, and the driver was taken into custody  just north of Highway 14 on 169 near the Happy Chef restaurant.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was identified as 25-year-old Devon Christopher Martinez  of Rosemount. Martinez was taken to MCHS for complaints of minor injuries before being brought to  jail to be held on charges related to the pursuit and stolen vehicle and an outstanding arrest warrant.

There were no injuries to uninvolved citizens, or the deputies, officers or troopers involved in the  incident. There was minor damage to the squads involved in the PIT maneuvers and moderate damage  to the stolen Chrysler Pacifica.

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