April 22, 2019 02:23 PM
(ABC 6 News) - A Texas man is accused of leading authorities on a car chase that spanned two counties and involved at least 10 law enforcement officers on Friday evening.
Lieutenant Mike Sadauskis with the Rochester Police Department said they got a call Friday night around 6:50 from a Rochester woman who reported that a man known to her, and against whom she and her child had an Order for Protection (OFP), had taken the small child after allegedly assaulting her.
The victim said she returned from work around 5:30 p.m. Friday and found the man, who was visiting from out of town, allegedly intoxicated at her apartment in NW Rochester.
The woman told police the two began to argue and the man, identified as 31-year-old Pablo Rodriguez Jr. of Del Rio, TX, allegedly punched her head and face and choked her.
Sadauskis said the woman reportedly freed herself by hitting and scratching Rodriguez, who then threatened to take the victim’s 1-year-old child.
The victim told authorities she tried to prevent Rodriguez from leaving but he pushed and kicked her out of the way, put the child in the pasenger seat of his car, unsecured, and drove away.
The woman told authorities she attempted to follow him but lost sight.
Authorities put out a call for Rodriguez’s license plate and around 7:05 p.m. his vehicle was spotted in Stewartville near 20th St. NE and Main St. by an Olmsted County Sheriff’s Deputy.
A Rochester K9 unit and a sheriff's deputy followed the vehicle as it drove west on Hwy 30 before Rodriguez got onto I-90 westbound near Country Road 6.
The deputy attempted to make a traffic stopl Rodriguez nearly came to a complete stop but then reportedly took off at about 100 mph.
The sheriff's office disconinued their pursuit. RPD continued to follow Rodriguez from a distance without lights and sirens.
During the pursuit Sadauskis said RPD was informed that days prior Rodriguez made suicidal threats and may be travelling with a knife.
When Rodriguez reached Hwy. 56, the pursuit was reinitiated by the Mower County Sheriff’s Office at speeds ranging from 30-80 mph.
Just west of Interstate 90, the Mower County Sheriff’s Office deployed stop sticks but Sadauskis said Rodriguez crossed over the median and began driving westbound in eastbound lanes.
Sadauskis said Rodriguez then crossed back over to the westbound side of the highway, turned around in a crossover median area and began travelling eastbound at speeds of 80-90mph.
Mower County Sheriff’s deputies tried two more time to stop Rodriguez but he reportedly continued to dodge them, crossing into lanes of oncoming traffic.
Rodriguez reportedly called Mower County dispatch asking for help where he was transferred to a trained negotiator. Near the Dexter exit on I-90, authorities unsucessfully attempted a moving road block to slow Rodriguez down.
Finally, near I-90 and County Road 6, the Mower County deputy on the phone convinced Rodriguez to stop.
Sadauskis said the child, who was uninjured but still unsecured, was immediately taken out of the car.
Rodriguez was taken into custody just after 8 p.m.
While being transported to the Adult Detention Center in Rochester, Rodriguez reportedly became unresponsive and began convulsing.
Mayo Clinic Ambulance was called and Rodriguez was transported to Saint Marys Hospital where he was released over the weekend and taken to the ADC in Rochester, Sadauskis said.
Rodriguez is facing several charges including: domestic assault strangulation, domestic assault fear, second violation of an Order For Protection within 10 years, depriving another of parental rights, kidnapping, child endangerment, fleeing officers in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and a third degree DWI for controlled substance.
Updated: April 22, 2019 02:23 PM
Created: April 22, 2019 12:49 PM
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