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Rochester man leads deputies on high speed chase

When he was arrested March 27 Sean O'Gorman had good things to say about the driving skills of his arresting officer.

According to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office Dakota County Sheriff's deputies arrested the 26-year-old Rochester man after a nine-mile chase that reached speeds greater than 100 miles per hour.

The chase started around 3:15 a.m. when a sheriff's deputy saw O'Gorman speeding through Hampton Township. O'Gorman turned onto Highway 52, then turned hard onto Goodwin Ave. The deputy turned on his siren then and O'Gorman sped away. According to the complaint O'Gorman blew through at least five stop signs during the chase. When two deputies tried to pin O'Gorman in he reportedly rammed the cars. He pushed one squad car into the ditch and nearly hit a deputy. O'Gorman continued to fight until deputies used Tazers to subdue him, then pulled him out of his window.

According to the complaint O'Gorman smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to have been using drugs. He did not have a valid license.

On the drive to the Dakota County Jail O'Gorman reportedly talked freely about the case and mentioned that the deputy chasing him was "a pretty good driver."

O'Gorman was convicted of DWI in 2002, 2007 and 2009. He now faces a felony charge of driving while impaired for which he could be sentenced to up to seven years in jail and fined as much as $14,000. A felony charge of fleeing a police officer carries a maximum sentence of three years and a maximum fine of $5,000. A charge of obstructing the legal process carries a potential sentence of five years and fines of up to $10,000. A charge of driving with a canceled license has a maximum fine of $1,000 and a maximum sentence of one year and an open bottle violation has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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