Austin man arrested after Albert Lea chase


ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Police arrested a man around 11 p.m. Tuesday after a vehicle pursuit and foot chase in Albert Lea.

According to a news release, an Albert Lea police officer stopped 31-year-old Coniah Horton, of Austin, as part of a routine investigation into a vehicle registration violation near the intersection of James Avenue and Fourth Street. Authorities say he immediately sped away and a vehicle pursuit began.

Horton allegedly fled through several streets at speeds up to 60 mph. Authorities say he failed to negotiate a 90-degree bend in the road on Virginia Place and went up over a curb, coming to rest partially in a yard before fleeing on foot.

Freeborn County sheriff’s deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers assisted to establish a perimeter. A K9 unit began a search to locate Horton. After an extensive search, a trooper who was assisting on the K9 track noticed a door ajar on an unattached garage in the 300 block of Seventh Street East, about a block from where the suspect vehicle crashed.

Horton eventually surrendered in the garage after being warned of the K9. He was taken into custody without incident.

He is being held in the Freeborn County Adult Detention Center on suspicion of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a police officer on foot, driving after revocation and other charges. He was also wanted on a felony arrest warrant out of Olmsted County.

There were no injuries or property damage reported in the incident.



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