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Intoxicated Driver Leads Police on Chase Through Rural Mower County

Wayne Benson Photo: Mower County Jail. Wayne Benson

May 11, 2018 01:10 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A Blooming Prairie man was booked into jail on multiple charges after police said he led them on a pursuit through rural Mower County Thursday evening.

Dodge County officials contacted the Mower County Sheriff's Office after receiving a report of a driver acting erratically and heading into the county on Highway 20. 

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Mower County Chief Deputy Mark May said the driver, identified as 49-year-old Wayne Benson, continued south on Highway 20 into Mower County before turning west onto County Highway 1 toward Sargeant.

A deputy spotted Benson in Sargeant and began following him west through town.  May said Benson refused to stop and continued at speeds of approximately 40 to 50 miles per hour and was swerving all over the road.

Officials contacted Blooming Prairie police and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office for assistance as the chase made its way toward Blooming Prairie.

Blooming Prairie police set up a spike strip on County 1 at the Cedar River Bridge near Brookside Campground which deflated three of the vehicle's tires, but May said Benson continued driving on the rims.

Law enforcement said Benson then crossing into the eastbound lanes and nearly hit a vehicle head-on. A deputy used two PIT maneuvers to end the chase just east of U.S. Highway 218 south of Blooming Prairie. 

May said Benson fought with deputies and resisted arrest.

A preliminary breath test showed Benson was more than 4 times over the legal limit.

Benson was taken to jail for possible charges of 2nd-degree DWI and fleeing police.

No members of law enforcement were injured during the pursuit.

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