Hawley man leads police on 135-mph chase with a 2-year-old in back seat
GLYNDON, Minn.--A man is in custody following a chase that topped 130 mph in rural Clay County as he fled law enforcement officers with a toddler in the back seat of his car.
GLYNDON, Minn.-A man is in custody following a chase that topped 130 mph in rural Clay County as he fled law enforcement officers with a toddler in the back seat of his car.
Dustin Bruce Martin, 34, was arrested at his home in rural Hawley after the chase, which began in Glyndon when a police officer observed Martin speeding and crossing the center line of Highway 10 several times, said Glyndon Police Chief Mike Cline.
The officer stopped Martin on Highway 10 east of Glyndon. As the officer approached Martin’s vehicle, he sped off. The officer and others who later gave chase didn’t know the 2-year-old child was in the back seat of Martin’s car until they took him into custody near Hawley, Cline said.
During the chase, Martin drove east on Highway 10, then south on Highway 9, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph, Cline said. Then Martin turned east on 50th Avenue, a gravel roadds, driving at speeds around 80 mph.
Officers, including those from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol, deployed “stop sticks” to try to stop Martin, but they had no effect. Martin was finally taken into custody when he drove to his residence, Cline said.
The child is with the mother.
Martin is in the Clay County Jail on charges of felony fleeing, second-degree driving under the influence, second-degree test refusal, child endangerment, reckless driving, speeding and open container, Cline said.
He is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.