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Byron Man Facing DWI & Fleeing Charges

Matthew Erwin Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Matthew Erwin

November 27, 2017 10:56 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Byron man is in custody after deputies said he led them on a high speed chase and ran.

According to Sergeant Kirby Long with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy clocked a driver going 78 mph on a 65 mph stretch of Highway 14 West near Byron around 2:35 a.m. on Sunday, November 26.  The deputy said the driver turned onto 10th Ave. NE and as the deputy tried to stop the driver, Sergeant Long said the male driver took off, went through a ditch and got back on to Highway 14, but was driving East on the Westbound Lane.

The driver took a turn back onto 10th Ave. NE, said Sergeant Long, and reached speeds around 70 mph in a 30 mph zone.  Due to the high rate of speed and homes in the area, the deputy called off the pursuit.  The deputy was able to run the license plate number, said Sergeant Long, and tracked the plate to an address on the 1000 block of 3rd Ave. NE in Byron.

The deputy went to the home and said the garage was down but could see through a window that the light on the garage door lift was on.  The deputy knocked on the front door and a woman answered.  Sergeant Long said the deputy asked to see the man, but he had run out a back door.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the home and began searching the area for the suspect.  Around 4 a.m., Sergeant Long said a handful of deputies located the suspect, 33-year-old Matthew Erwin of Bryon.  Erwin was arrested at taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center where Sergeant Long said he blew a .15.  

Erwin faces a felony charge of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, a third-degree DWI charge, and a number of traffic violations.

 

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