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Farmington Man Crashes into Tree, Dies During Police Chase

Updated: 05/25/2014 10:16 PM
Created: 05/25/2014 8:32 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A Farmington man died after his car hit a tree in Red Wing during a police chase Sunday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The state patrol says 24-year-old Cody Swanson had been followed by officers from Farmington after he was spotted driving a stolen car with one headlight, acting suspicious in nature. 

The chase lasted for 37 miles through town-after-town to Red Wing. Authorities tried to use stop sticks twice to slow Swanson down.

He was driving on Cannon River Avenue off of Highway 61 around 4:30 a.m., when he ran off the road and hit a tree, according to the state patrol.

Officers say the road was dry at the time and Swanson wasn't wearing a seat belt. It's not clear if alcohol was a factor.

Farmington Police tell KSTP Swanson has been known to them for sometime. He's a suspect in a burglary ring, targeting dozens of residents. It's believed the group stole items to sell on the street to pay for drugs.

Court records show Swanson was arrested for drugs and theft in Dakota County earlier this year.

The Farmington Police Chief told KSTP, based on the time of day - at 4:30 a.m. - the light traffic conditions and threat posed to public safety, his officers made a judgment call to continue the pursuit and followed departmental policy.

Photo of the crash scene.
Photo courtesy of a Mike Miller.
Cody Swanson
Photo: Dakota County Sheriff's Office

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