One arrested after traffic stop, chase in Olmsted County

(ABC 6 News) — Authorities said the man had two felony warrants out for his arrest and fled from a deputy who tried to pull him over.

According to Olmsted County Sheriff’s Captain James Scheuller, a deputy was in the area of 20 St. NE in Stewartville around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 when a pickup truck passed by him with a very loud exhaust. The deputy tried to pull the truck over, but said the truck then sped off. The deputy chased the truck on Highway 63 out of Stewartville, going speeds of about 90 m.p.h. At one point, the truck went too fast in a roundabout on County Road 16, hit the curb, went up onto a sidewalk, but kept driving.

Eventually, the truck crashed into a tree. Capt. Schueller said the deputy saw the driver slide from the driver’s seat to the passenger seat and try to get out of the truck. The deputy thought the man was going to take off running, but he couldn’t get that door open because of damage to the truck from the crash.

A K9 unit came on scene and deputies gave commands to the man to get out of the truck. He eventually did. He had injuries to his knee and hand so he was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital for evaluation. After he was cleared, deputies brought him to the Adult Detention Center.

Capt. Schueller identified the driver as 38-year-old Keith Butler of St. Paul. Capt. Schueller said law enforcement has had contact with Butler before and he used to live in Stewartville. He had felony warrants out for his arrest from both Fillmore and Olmsted counties.

Butler is now facing additional charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle, careless driving, and speeding.