High Speed Chase in Austin was Over Shoplifting

Posted at: 11/18/2013 5:46 PM
By: Dan Conradt

Susane Bryan
Susane Bryan
Photo: Mower County Jail

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was a chase down some of the areas busiest streets, at one of the busiest times of the week.

Miraculously, no one was hurt, and now an Austin woman faces some serious charges.

It began after police got a report that a shop-lifter had just left the Wal-mart store in Austin.

Officers spotted the suspect vehicle at West Oakland avenue and 14th street, one of the city's busiest intersections.

Officers began pursuing the suspect with red lights and siren activated, but the suspect, 26-year-old Susanne Bryan, reportedly fled at speeds that reached 50 miles an hour in the city limits.

At one point, the suspect vehicle struck a parked car, backed away from the crash and continued to flee.

It was five o'clock on Friday evening and the streets were full of cars. Hannah Baumgartner was in one of them ... she was delivering pizza.

"So I quick turned the corner before ... because I thought she was just going to hit me, and all of a sudden she just blows the stop sign and flies around the corner, then five or six squad cars followed her," she explained.

From there, police say, Bryan headed out of town. The chase reportedly reached speeds of 100 miles an hour leading out of Austin. At the T intersection with Freeborn County 34 Bryan turned north. She abandoned her car in the town of Oakland, and was apprehended after a short foot chase.

According to police, Bryan had shop-lifted items including cat food, cookie dough and sandpaper -- a total value of $335.

She was taken to jail, and is expected to be formally charged on Tuesday.