Man dies while fleeing police in SE Minnesota

Swanson, Cody 05-25-2014

FARMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 24-year-old Farmington man was killed after he struck a tree while fleeing police in southern Minnesota.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1gu46Mf ) the chase began in Farmington after police tried to stop Cody J. Swanson in a Buick 4-door sedan at about 4 a.m. Sunday, but he refused.

According to Farmington police, Swanson led police eastbound about 28 miles into Red Wing where an officer put down spikes to slow him, though he continued at a “high rate of speed.”

The Minnesota State Patrol said he eventually veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

An eight-year veteran Farmington officer who assisted has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. Farmington police and the Minnesota State Patrol are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

 

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