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Stolen Car Leads to High Speed Chase in Austin

Posted at: 01/26/2013 10:44 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- A routine police attempt to pull over a car on Main Street in Austin lead to a 20 mile police chase through town. Last night Austin police were on the look-out for a stolen car from

Owatonna, and when they found it on the South East end of Austin just after 9 p.m., the driver wasn't willing to give up.

"I could hear police sirens and this car came flying by, he was driving on his rims with cops behind him chasing him," said Austin resident Jason Watkins.

The pursuit led police in and out of county lines and speeds varied from 30-120 miles per hour.

"I was just awe-struck, I mean it's something you don't see every day it was like an episode out of cops," said Watkins.

Austin Police Lieutenant Rene' Phan says spike strips were used, deflating 3 out of the 4 tires.

"he turned that direction and they already had it where he couldn't go any further, it was blocked off," said Watkins

Jason Watkins lives on 4th Avenue North West, right down the road from where the police caught the driver just before 10 last night.

"I heard the canine dog, they were yelling at the guy to get on the ground," said Watkins.

An out of the ordinary sight for many residents.

"it's something you hear about like in bigger cities, but not here in Austin," said Watkins.

Officials say they arrested the man and took him to Mower County jail, luckily no one was hurt.

"They did their job of getting the guy stopped safely and keeping other people safe," said Watkins.

They have yet to release the name of the driver. Lieutenant Phan says while Austin and Mower County Police have their part pretty much wrapped up, the case is still under investigation

in Owatonna because theft is involved. They expect he will be charged sometime next week.