Albert Lea high-speed chase reaches 105 mph


ALBERT LEA, Minn. – One man is in custody and another ticketed after a high-speed chase that reached 105 mph in Albert Lea on Monday night.

It happened just after 10 p.m. when a police officer attempted to stop a full-sized truck that was seen driving through downtown without headlights on. The truck reportedly sped away west on West Main Street, eventually reaching speeds of 60-90 mph, according to a Police Department news release.

It reportedly left the city limits westbound on County Road 46 at 105 mph.  About 1 mile west of the city limits, the vehicle slowed and turned north into a harvested bean field.  The truck continued north through the field and drove over the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks before turning east toward the city while still in the field.

The truck came back into the city limits traveling through an alfalfa field eastbound behind homes on the 3000 block of Lake Chapeau Drive.  It then headed west on the dead end Lake Chapeau Drive.  The truck went back into a plowed corn field and got stuck in a wooded area along the south shore of Lake Chapeau.  Both occupants got out and ran.

The passenger, 21-year-old Joseph Waltz Jr., of Albert Lea, was stopped in the immediate area after being given commands by officers.  The driver, 19-year-old Sam Thompson of Austin, was taken into custody a short time later after officers found him in the woods.

Thompson is being held in the Freeborn County Adult Detention Center on charges of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving after suspension and fleeing a police officer on foot.  Waltz was ticketed for fleeing a police officer on foot.


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