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 ( ) 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.


Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press,


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