Chase reaches 75 mph in Austin

Published 10:13 am Friday, April 26, 2013

Police say the driver in a Wednesday morning vehicle theft, chase and crash reached speeds of 75 mph in Austin and blew through 12 to 15 stop signs before crashing onto a residential property.

According to Police Chief Brian Krueger, the officer backed off of the chase as it became dangerous. The driver of the stolen vehicle then crashed onto a property at Seventh Street and Fifth Avenue Southwest, and concrete steps under the porch stopped the vehicle from going into the home. Two people were in the home, but neither of them were injured.

Police still have not confirmed if the chase and crash are linked to a stolen 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada found in an Albert Lea ditch with a broken windshield and windows shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Krueger said that vehicle was stolen from behind the Hiawatha Bar in Austin at about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

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The high-speed chase with the truck began at Austin’s Kwik Trip on Fourth Street Northwest shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Police have not released information about any suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.