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Lakeville Police Pursue Stolen Vehicle and Arrest 1

A Lakeville police officer forced a vehicle to stop by using the PIT maneuver. The photo is from the Dec. 27, 2013 edition of "Breezes."
A Lakeville police officer forced a vehicle to stop by using the PIT maneuver. The photo is from the Dec. 27, 2013 edition of "Breezes."
A man tried to flee Lakeville police across gravel pits in a stolen vehicle around mid-December, writes Interim Police Chief John Kornmann in Breezes, the Lakeville Police Department newsletter.

A Lakeville police officer was on patrol on Country View Trail and Pilot Knob Road when a license plate he ran came back as stolen. When the officer activated his lights, the man in the stolen Chevy Tahoe fled northbound down Pilot Knob Road.

As the man attempted to make a U-Turn, the police officer used the PIT maneuver to force the SUV to a stop. The driver of the SUV drove off, crashing into a squad car as he did so, which bumped a police officer. The officer received very minor injuries from the bump.

The driver of the SUV ended up on Dodd Boulevard and smashed through the gates of the gravel pit at Dodd Boulevard and Pilot Knob Road. He then broke through another set of gates to exit the pit. After smashing through the gates of another gravel pit on 155th Street and Pilot Knob Road, he surrendered to police.

According to the Breezes report: The 6 mile pursuit lasted less than six minutes... Pursuits are one of the actions not to be taken lightly. All actions are reviewed to insure compliance with policy. The police radio recordings demonstrate a very high level of professionalism combined with a concern for the safety of the public at all times. As for the suspect, he is facing several charges with bail set at $50,000.

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