Man involved in several police chases sentenced

Brian Rathbun Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Brian Rathbun

Updated: February 22, 2021 08:16 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 05:21 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A Fillmore County man who frustrated police, leading authorities on multiple chases will spend time in prison.

Brian Rathbun, 55 of Wykoff, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, with credit for 205 days already being served. 

Rathbun will serve concurrent sentences for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in Olmsted County and possession of a firearm or ammunition after being convicted of a crime of violence in Fillmore County. 

13 other criminal charges against Rathbun were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

According to court documents, on October 1, 2019, the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office received a call that Rathbun was seen driving at a trailer park in Wykoff. The caller told deputies they knew Rathbun had active warrants. 

Rathbun's vehicle was located just after 1:30 p.m. as it was leaving the trailer park. One of the investigators attempted to block the vehicle from behind while the other investigator tried to block from the front. 

Court documents show Rathbun backed up, almost hitting the investigator's vehicle. The pursuit continued at speeds ranging from 60 to 80 miles per hour. Law enforcement eventually set spike strips in the 5000 block of Co. 1 in Olmsted County. 

Rathbun reportedly hit the spike strip and lost both passenger tires. The pursuit was eventually called off because of the level of traffic and potential risk to the public.

Rathbun's vehicle was found on the 1000 block of 10 1/2 Street SE in Rochester just after 2 p.m. but Rathbun was not located.

Law enforcement searched the vehicle and found two shotguns, drug paraphernalia and meth. A briefcase was also located with an address book and a notebook with names and drug amounts and values.

Court documents show Rathbun was prohibited from possessing any firearms and had a prior conviction in 2010 for felony 2nd degree drug sales in Fillmore County. 

Rathbun faced multiple charges but was convicted of possession ammo/firearm.  

On October 15, 2020, investigators and members of the Rochester Police Department responded to the Willow Creek Campground that morning. It was reported that Brian Rathbun was seen at the campground.

Law enforcement approached the home Rathbun was staying at and saw someone in the driver's seat of a vehicle. The engine started and the vehicle began driving away. An investigator followed in their vehicle but got out because they believed Rathbun may get out of the vehicle and try running away.

Rathbun exited the vehicle and attempted to run. Officers and K9 Kola caught Rathbun.

Rathbun was taken into custody and taken to Saint Marys for injuries sustained during the chase. 

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