Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Minnesota man serving a probation sentence is facing new charges connected to a recent police pursuit that happened in Rochester

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The criminal complaint says the pursuit began shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday. A Rochester Police Officer on patrol spotted a man driving a vehicle that was making multiple quick turns and ran a stop sign along North Broadway Ave. 

The vehicle then made a loop in the area of 2nd Ave. and 8th St. Northwest and at one point cut through an alley as it was being pursued by the squad car that had its lights activated, the complaint says. The officer got close enough to get the vehicle’s license plate number then terminated the pursuit. 

Haugen complaint. Olmsted County Court
Haugen complaint. Olmsted County Court

Police then found the vehicle and identified the man driving it as 29-year-old Damian Wade Haugen. Officers spoke with Haugen who admitted to seeing the squad car with its activated lights behind him, according to the court document. 

Emergency lights at night

Haugen was arraigned Tuesday on one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. He was released without bail. 

Court records indicate the pursuit occurred while Haugen was serving a supervised probation sentence for a felony violation of order for protection conviction in Freeborn County. The Rochester man is due back in court next month.

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