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October 27, 2012

Suspect in police chase identified

MANKATO — Mankato police released the identity of a man arrested Friday morning after a chase in the Mankato hilltop area as Vinai Lee, 28, who has no permanent address.

Police received a 911 call about 7:30 a.m. from a male employee of the Verizon Wireless store on Madison Avenue, who reported that an unknown person had accosted him in a parking lot adjacent to the store. The employee said the suspect flattened one of his car tires with a puncture, but the employee drove off anyway out of fear for his safety.

The employee called police as he was being pursued by the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck.

About 45 minutes later an officer located the suspect’s vehicle. The driver didn’t stop on command and a pursuit ensued in the hilltop area as the pickup driver attempted to ram squad cars.

A Blue Earth County Sheriff’s deputy eventually rammed the truck with his squad car, forcing the truck onto a residential boulevard in the Fair Street area. The suspect then took off running, but was apprehended.

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