PIPESTONE — A routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase last week and culminated in the arrest of a southwest Minnesotan.
When an officer attempted to pull over a vehicle Oct. 19, its driver allegedly accelerated to over 100 miles per hour and fled from law enforcement. After some time, the driver then reportedly crashed through a cattle gate, got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
A passenger in the vehicle reported to police that they had been held against their will by the driver, Aren Hatton, 40, of Ivanhoe. The passenger confirmed that Hatton had known he was being stopped by law enforcement but chose to run, stating that he "was not going back to prison."
The next day, law enforcement received a report that a suspicious individual thought to be Hatton was trying to enter a home. When police arrived, Hatton allegedly resisted arrest, and officers tasered him twice to get him to comply.
Later, Hatton's vehicle was searched, and police found two hypodermic needles, a baggie containing 1.5 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, a baggie containing .025 grams of suspected marijuana, a digital scale and a holster for a pistol.
Hatton was charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree controlled substance possession. The more serious charge — fleeing law enforcement — carries a maximum possible sentence of three years and one day in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. If he's convicted, Hatton will be sentenced based on criminal history.
Hatton is currently being held in Nobles County Jail in Worthington.