MANKATO — A Mankato police officer suffered minor injuries when a driver allegedly rammed into his squad intentionally during a chase early Sunday morning.
The brief pursuit started in the Eastwood Manor Mobile Home Park around 3:30 a.m., Mankato Department of Public Safety Associate Director Dan Schisel said.
Police were investigating a suspicious vehicle report when a suspect vehicle fled onto Hoffman Road and through a commercial parking lot before getting cornered at a dead end.
The fleeing driver turned around and rammed into the pursuing officer’s squad head-on, Schisel said. Both vehicles were disabled and the fleeing driver, identified as Chop Nguot Tang, 31, of Mankato, was entrapped but not injured.
Tang appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Schisel said. Test results are pending.
Tang was in the Blue Earth County Jail awaiting charges that could include fleeing police and criminal vehicular operation. No charges were filed Monday.
The officer who was struck was treated at the Mankato hospital and released.
Tang is on federal probation for armed robbery. He robbed a credit union on the Minnesota State University campus in 2010. Last month he was ordered to spend 90 days in a halfway house because of probation violations, according to federal court records.
Tang also has a 2016 gross misdemeanor DWI conviction for which he completed a probation sentence.