DELANO, MN – Suspected drug activity in the parking lot of a Buffalo business led to a high-speed chase that terminated in Delano late Wednesday evening, resulting in the arrest of one suspect and a continued search for the second suspect.
According to Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke, officers responded to the call regarding the activity at 9:55 p.m.
Officers approached the vehicle and observed there were two male occupants with evidence of drug use in plain view.
When the occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, the vehicle fled the scene, and officers initiated a pursuit.
The vehicle traveled south out of Buffalo on Highway 25, then east on Highway 12.
Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted and attempted to deploy spike strips.
When the Buffalo officer learned the spike strips had not been effective, he attempted to catch up to the suspect vehicle, reaching speeds of 100 mph.
A search ensued in Delano, with assistance from the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, sheriff’s office personnel, and West Hennepin Public Safety Department officers.
Officers discovered the suspect vehicle abandoned in a parking lot.
Officers located the passenger, a 25-year-old male from Watertown, and identified the 27-year-old driver, who remains at large. Neither individual’s identity will be released until charges are filed.
Officials called off the search around midnight.
Though the driver has not been located, Budke said the public is not believed to be in danger.