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UPDATE: Suspects Identified in High-Speed Chase

Anthony Hector Enriquez, Montrell Antonio Smith Photo: Faribault County Jail . Anthony Hector Enriquez, Montrell Antonio Smith

December 21, 2018 03:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE:  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has released new details into a multi-county high-speed chase Thursday afternoon.

According to the BCA, the trooper who was assaulted during a traffic stop that led to the chase has been identified as Trooper Doug Rauenhorst, who has been with the state patrol for 22 years.  

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The BCA said Rauenhorst was treated for his injuries at United Hospital in Albert Lea and released Friday morning.

According to the BCA the suspects have been identified as 28-year-old Anthony Hector Enriquez and 29-year-old Montrell Antonio Smith, both of Milwaukee, WI.

The pair were arrested and booked into the Faribault County Jail Thursday night on probable cause felony assault and possession of a controlled substance.

They're expected to be arraigned on Monday.

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Previous story:

A Minnesota State Patrol Trooper was assaulted and injured during a multi-county chase along Interstate 90 Thursday.

According to a release from the state patrol, a trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on Interstate 90 west of Highway 254 east of Blue Earth in Faribault County.  The trooper was assaulted by the occupants who then fled the scene and a high-speed chase ensued.

Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said the pursuit continued toward Albert Lea, reaching speeds of up to 115 miles per hour.

At one point the vehicle was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. Law enforcement also saw a number of bundles of what appeared to be marijuana being thrown from the car.

Officers attempted to use stop sticks to end the pursuit at mile marker 152 before it entered Albert Lea, but the men drove around them, Freitag said.

Around 1:30 p.m., the vehicle turned off Interstate 90 at Bridge Avenue and continued into Albert Lea. One of the men threw a brick of suspected marijuana out the window, hitting a deputy, after which point the Minnesota State Patrol called off the chase for safety reasons. Law enforcement officials continued to look for the men involved throughout the city, enlisting the help of a helicopter, Freitag said.

A short time later, Albert Lea police found the vehicle parked behind Brick Furniture downtown and the two men inside were found near the Sportsman’s Tavern on Clark Street. Both were taken into custody around 2:50 p.m., Freitag said.

According to the state patrol, the injured trooper was transported to United Hospital in Blue Earch and appeared conscious and stable.

The names of the trooper and suspects are not available at this time.
 

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