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13-year-old driver held after police chase

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ROSEMOUNT — A 13-year-old driver led Rosemount police on a three-mile chase in the heart of this Twin Cities suburb early Monday afternoon.

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The pursuit started about 2:50 p.m. Monday when a Rosemount police officer tried to stop a car that failed to stop for a stop sign. According to Police Chief Eric Werner, the driver accelerated to a high speed and the officer pursued.

At one point the officer attempted a PIT maneuver, bumping into the other car in an attempt to turn it sideways and get it to stop. The move was not successful, but the 13-year-old driver pulled over and gave up a short time later.

The 13-year-old was being held at the Dakota County Juvenile Detention Facility on probable cause theft of motor vehicle, traffic violations and fleeing a police officer.

Werner said the conditions on the road help determine whether Rosemount police officers get involved in a pursuit.

“We’re constantly evaluating the nature of the offense, what is going on with traffic conditions, are there pedestrians,” he said. “There was nobody injured during the pursuit. The officers were able to handle this in a professional manner.”

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