An Oakdale, Minn. man died in a rollover crash during a police chase that spanned three counties Friday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol said the chase was likely related to a murder in Austin, Minn. just moments earlier.
According to the State Patrol, a neighbor called 911 shortly after 3 a.m. Friday to report hearing yells for help from a home on the 500 block of 4th Street NW in Austin.
The caller reported seeing what appeared to be a body on the ground in front of the home, and a tall man leaving the scene.
Mower County deputies and Austin police responded and witnessed a red Saab speeding away from the area. An officer reported the vehicle as possibly involved in the incident and attempted to help the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Just two blocks away, another officer began a pursuit of the Saab, following the car onto Oakland Avenue and out of town on County Road 46.
The Minnesota State Patrol and deputies from Mower, Freeborn and Waseca County joined the chase, which reached speeds of 130 mph over 50 miles.
Stop sticks were deployed around 4 a.m. on Highway 13, just north of Waseca, and squads in pursuit backed off. The driver of the Saab lost control and flipped into a field. He was identified as a 46-year-old man from Oakdale, Minn.
The murder victim and the fleeing driver will be identified once autopsies have taken place.
The Minnesota BCA and Austin Police Department are leading the investigation into the homicide in Austin. The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the chase and subsequent crash near Waseca. The Waseca Police Departments and the Freeborn, Mower and Waseca County sheriff's offices are assisting with both investigations.