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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A suspected drunken driver led officers on a chase in Rochester early Friday that hit speeds of 100 mph.

It ended in a crash at the wastewater treatment plant.

road at Rochester wastewater treatment plant/Google
road at Rochester wastewater treatment plant/Google

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns says a patrol deputy tried to stop a speeding motorist around midnight on Highway 52 near 85th St. Instead of pulling over, the driver accelerated.

The chase lasted several minutes and ended up on 41st St NW where the driver went through the intersection at West River Parkway and drove onto a dead-end service road leading into the treatment plant.

Behrns says a deputy was able to perform a maneuver and forced the driver to crash into a pile of debris. He was not hurt.

Behrns says deputies smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and found an open container in his vehicle. Arrested was 24-year-old Forest Fitch of Robbinsdale. He is facing multiple charges.

News update:  Olmsted County deputy found dead at detention center.

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