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Man leads Minnesota State Trooper on I-90 chase at speeds of 105 mph

Benjamin Bruce Allen reportedly fled a state trooper who was attempting to pull him over in Rock County.

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ROCK COUNTY — A warrant was issued Dec. 17 for Benjamin Bruce Allen, of Langford, South Dakota, on the charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. The charge originates from an incident in late November, during which Allen, 23, allegedly fled a Minnesota State Trooper who was attempting to pull him over.

On Nov. 25, a State Trooper was on routine patrol in Rock County in a marked Minnesota State Patrol squad car when a silver Chevrolet Cavalier was observed traveling eastbound in the left lane. As the vehicle passed, the trooper observed that the male driver was not wearing a seatbelt and the male passenger was reclined fully back in the seat. The vehicle was registered to Patricia Allen.

The trooper got behind the vehicle and activated the emergency lights. The vehicle slowly took an upcoming exit and came to a complete stop at the top of the ramp. At this time the driver activated his left turn signal and the trooper activated the emergency siren and motioned for the driver to pull over.

According to the report, the Chevrolet made a swift left turn onto Rock County 6 and turned onto the westbound Interstate 90 exit at a high rate of speed. The trooper informed Minnesota State Patrol dispatch of a vehicle fleeing. The Chevrolet entered I-90 on the north shoulder alongside a semi truck that was in the right lane, pushing the semi and the troopers path. The trooper slammed on the brakes to avoid a crash.

The vehicle reportedly continued westbound on I-90 for approximately four miles with speeds of 105 mph in a 70 mph zone. While pursuing, the trooper observed the Chevrolet change lanes erratically. At one point, the trooper pulled alongside the driver’s side of the Chevrolet and observed a male in his late 20s with a goatee mustache, wearing a dark colored long sleeve dress shirt with white stripes on the cuff. The left sleeve was pulled up, exposing a tattoo on his left forearm.

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The Trooper motioned for the driver to pull over, at which point the driver turned his body away and continued on. The male passenger was wearing a flannel shirt and was reclined all the way back in the front passenger seat with a baseball cap over his face.

At this time, the Chevrolet was approaching the South Dakota state line. The trooper advised MSP dispatched to notify the South Dakota Highway Patrol and made the decision to terminate pursuit at the state line.

On Dec. 14, the trooper spoke with a member of the Marshall County, South Dakota, Sheriff's Office, during which time Alen was identified as the driver.

The Sheriff's Office member explained that Allen is an absconder with the state of South Dakota Board of Parole and Pardons and that a warrant had been issued for his arrest on Dec. 6. A booking photo of Allen was forwarded and the trooper was able to confirm the identity of the driver as Allen.

Later, the trooper spoke with the Allen’s parole agent who explained that Allen is currently in custody at the Minnehaha County Jail with charges pending. The parole agent also stated that Allen was the only occupant in the vehicle upon his arrest on Dec. 10 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The parole agent also attested to speaking to Allen's mother, the registered owner of the vehicle, who said she had allowed him to use the Chevrolet on Nov. 16, but he never returned it after being “kicked out”.

If convicted, Allen faces a maximum sentence of three years and one day in prison and/or a $5,000 fine for the felony offense of attempting to flee a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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