Rochester Man on Stayed Prison Sentence Arrested After Vehicle Chase into Dodge County
Charges filed Monday in Olmsted County Court say a deputy on patrol in rural western Rochester spotted a pick-up traveling at a slow rate of speed shortly before 11 a.m. on Saturday. The deputy then checked the pick-ups license plates and found the plates displayed were incorrect.
The deputy recognized the driver as 45-year-old Chad Briggs, who was known to have a canceled driver’s license. The deputy then attempted to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of Valley High Rd. and Roselee Cr. Northwest, however the vehicle driven by Briggs gradually picked up speed, turned onto Olmsted County Rd. 5 where it then accelerated and began driving erratically, the criminal complaint says.
The chase then entered Dodge County where a deputy attempted to deploy stop sticks which failed to stop the fleeing pick-up. The charges say the vehicle then ran the stop sign at the intersection of Hwy. 57 and Dodge County Rd. 16.
Authorities shortly after that called off the pursuit but continued tracking the vehicle. Dodge County deputies then located the vehicle in West Concord and took Briggs into custody.
Briggs was arranged in Olmsted County Court Monday on a felony fleeing charge and driving after cancelation inimical to public safety. The judge in the case set his bail at $5,000 without conditions.
Court records indicate Briggs has been convicted eight times for driving with a canceled license inimical to public safety in the last four years. Briggs was given a 97 day jail sentence and stayed two-year prison sentence for convictions of felony fleeing and driving after cancelation inimical to public safety in Freeborn County earlier this year.
His next court appearance is set for May 3.