UPDATE: Suspect in Custody Following Chase Through Rochester

Davante Atkins Photo: Olmsted County Jail. Davante Atkins

September 26, 2018 10:58 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- UPDATE: A 24-year-old suspect has been arrested following a pursuit with law enforcement Tuesday evening that spanned at least 15 miles through Rochester.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, about 7:15 p.m., a deputy in the area of 11th Avenue and Center Street Southeast spotted a vehicle with a headlight out. The deputy noticed that the driver appeared to have turned the vehicle abruptly in a different direction after seeing him.


Because of the suspected evasive move, the deputy tried to find the vehicle again. That was when the same vehicle reportedly sped past the deputy at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street Southeast. Authorities estimate the driver was going about 30 mph over the speed limit. The driver refused to stop for the officer, and the chase was on. 

Rochester police officers were brought in to assist, and eventually deployed stop sticks at Salem Road and West Circle Drive. The driver continued to the 1600 block of Marion Road, Oak Terrace Mobile Home Park, where authorities said he bailed out of the car and took off on foot. 

K-9 Officer Cobra and his handler tracked the suspect; they eventually found and took down Davante Atkins, of Rochester. 

Atkins was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a dog bite on his buttocks and then released to jail. 

Authorities suspect Atkins was under the influence; a warrant was granted for a blood sample to test for drugs and other substances. He could face several charges, including first-degree DWI; fleeing a peace officer; driving after cancellation-inimical to public safety and other traffic violations.


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According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, a suspect is in custody following a chase that went through southeast and southwest Rochester Tuesday night.

A Chevy HHR was seen in the Oak Terrace Mobile Home Park shortly after 7 p.m. on September 25 with squad cars surrounding it.

Rochester Police and the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office responded.

The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office expects to release more details Wednesday morning.

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Elise Romas

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