Van reportedly stolen from Heron Lake involved in high-speed chase; ends in arrest of Rosemount man

The driver was identified as Devon Christopher Martinez, 25, of Rosemount.

Damaged van
This van, stolen in Heron Lake early Tuesday morning, was recovered following a high-speed chase that ended in Mankato.
Photo contributed by Taylor Riemersma Feit

HERON LAKE — A police chase involving several law enforcement agencies ended with a Rosemount man being taken into custody on Tuesday morning, after being apprehended near Mankato.

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Earlier Tuesday morning, deputies responded to a report of a 2013 Chrysler Pacifica traveling eastbound on Minnesota 60 at a high rate of speed in the area of Lake Crystal.

The van had been reported stolen from in front of the Heron Lake Community Center. A 2013 Chrysler Town & Country van that was used as a transportation van at the Best Western in Bloomington was reportedly found running, abandoned in the next parking stall. It was later determined to have been stolen from the Bloomington Best Western earlier in the morning.

Deputies located the Chrysler Pacifica near the junction of Minnesota 60 and U.S. 169, traveling at 98 miles per hour. The male driver appeared to be the only occupant and reportedly refused to stop. The pursuit continued north on U.S. 169 through Mankato with multiple law enforcement agencies assisting.

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Stop sticks were deployed on U.S. 169 in Mankato to bring the minivan to a stop. The driver, from Rosemount, was apprehended by law enforcement.
Photo contributed by Taylor Riemersma Feit

Intervention techniques were used to slow the vehicle and bring it to a stop. After the vehicle was brought to a stop, the driver was taken into custody just north of U.S. 14, near the Happy Chef restaurant.


The driver was identified as Devon Christopher Martinez, 25, of Rosemount. He was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, then transported to the Blue Earth County jail on charges related to the pursuit and stolen vehicle, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant in Dakota County.

No other injuries were reported during the incident. There was minor damage to the squads involved in the pursuit and moderate damage to the Chrysler Pacifica.

Assisting agencies included the Mankato Department of Public Safety, North Mankato Police, Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Note: This article was written based on information reported by local law enforcement agencies. The Globe reminds readers that all individuals are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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