Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase on Rosemount Police Training Track

Updated: 07/19/2014 12:30 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 11:31 AM
By: Megan Stewart

A man is in custody after going for a joyride on a training track at Dakota County Technical College and refusing to stop Friday morning, according to school officials.

The incident happened at DCTC's Decision Driving Range around 9:45 a.m. Jim Unger, the track's safety coordinator, said he was working nearby when he heard a car driving on the course.

When he went to look, he saw a black Pontiac Grand Am on the driving range. The Grand Am was "probably going as fast as he could" on the 2.8-mile track's roadway, reaching speeds of up to 70 or 80 miles per hour on the straight stretches, Unger estimates.

Unger called the Dakota County Sheriff's Office. When authorities were unable to get the driver to stop, they called in other agencies.

The chase lasted about 10 minutes before a Rosemount police officer was able to execute a PIT maneuver to stop the driver, Unger said. It was later revealed that he was a former student.

The track is used to train police in tactical driving and emergency response. Unger, a former officer, has worked as an instructor at the track since 2001.

"I don't know why he would pick a police training track to have a car chase," Unger said. "But it was nice and confined. It's not often you have a safe police chase."

No one was reported injured during the chase.

Photo: KSTP/Jim O'Connell
Dakota County Technical College Decision Driving Range
Photo: Website/Dakota County Technical College

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