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Chase April 17, 2019, exceeds 100 mph on Highway 52

A chase on Highway 52 forced officers to use stop sticks multiple times after a suspect fled in their vehicle, reaching speeds of 118 mph.

Michael Bernard Lee, 48, was arrested on April 17 pending charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle, giving a peace officer a false name, and driving after suspension.

Lee was pulled over after off-duty Zumbrota police officer said he saw a vehicle speeding, crossing the center and fog lines, and weaving through traffic with no license plates on Highway 52.

Claiming not to have any identification, Lee gave the officer a false name and birthdate, authorities said. After giving the officer his real date of birth, the officer found it was Lee who had a warrant for his arrest in Hennepin County.

Lee refused to exit the vehicle, rolling the window up, telling the officer that "he was a sovereign citizen," according to a criminal complaint.

Heading north on Highway 52, Lee reached speeds of 118 mph, weaving through traffic.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and Cannon Falls Police Department set out stop sticks. Lee was able to avoid the sticks near Hader and Wagner Hill, getting off on Exit 96 in Cannon Falls, officers aid. Lee used the roundabout, continuing northbound on Highway 52, maintaining speeds of more than 100 mph.

After taking Exit 100 on to 280th Street East, the vehicle stopped. Lee allegedly got out, fled on foot, where a Dakota County Deputy and his K9 partner apprehended him.

Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle is a felony level offense.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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