Man Arrested After Alleged Assault, High-Speed Chase

April 22, 2019 10:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An incident over the weekend has a Texas man facing multiple felonies after authorities say he led them on a wild chase, with an unrestrained toddler in the car.

Pablo Rodriguez Jr. was charged Monday morning with neglect of a child, tampering with a witness, domestic assault by strangulation, stalking and more for the Friday night incident.


It began with an argument between Rodriguez and a woman he was visiting, despite an order for protection from him, for the woman and her 1-year-old child.

Rodriguez is accused of punching, choking and kicking the woman, then leaving with the baby.

The alleged victim followed Rodriguez, but lost sight of him, and called police.

About an hour later, an Olmsted County Sheriff's deputy spotted the car in Stewartville.

A K-9 unit from Rochester attempted a traffic stop; Rodriguez slowed down, then took off, reportedly reaching speeds of 100 mph.

During the chase, authorities were told Rodriguez may have a knife with him.

Mower County deputies also joined the chase, deploying stop sticks several times and making a moving barricade.

Authorities say Rodriguez continually dodged them, crossing over into lanes of oncoming traffic to avoid law enforcement.

About 90 minutes after it started, Rodriguez himself called 911.

He was connected with a negotiator, who finally got him to stop on Interstate 90 near Dexter, where he was arrested.

The child in the front seat was not injured.

Rodriguez was taken into custody, but while in transit to the Adult Detention Center in Rochester, he reportedly began convulsing and was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys Campus.

He was released over the weekend and taken to the ADC.

Bond was set at $500,000; he's due back in court May 1.


Alice Keefe

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