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Police chase hits 100 mph in Farmington

Jose Ruiz.

An early-morning police chase hit speeds of up to 100 miles per hour on Feb. 21 on the streets of downtown Farmington.

According to a complaint filed this week in the Dakota County Attorney's office, the chase started with a seemingly routine traffic stop on Eighth Street. The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Jose Luis Ruiz of San Pedro, Calif., caught police attention shortly before 2:30 a.m. thanks to a noisy muffler. Police then watched him drive through two stop signs.

The officer made a traffic stop. According to the complaint, Ruiz smelled of alcohol and did not have insurance on his vehicle. His license had been revoked for a January offense.

When the officer asked Ruiz to get out of the car, Ruiz put his car in gear and sped off north on Fifth Street. He ran through stop signs at Sixth and Eighth streets and at Highway 3. He turned off his headlights briefly around 200th Street, then lost control about a mile later and drove onto a golf course before regaining control and getting back onto Highway 3. He came to a stop after police put down stop sticks in his path.

The Farmington officer pursuing Ruiz estimated Ruiz was driving faster than 100 miles per hour.

Ruiz had to be cut out of his seatbelt. According to the complaint, he denied any wrongdoing. He failed field sobriety tests and a later blood alcohol test registered .18, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

The county attorney's office has charged Ruiz with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, a felony that has a maximum sentence of three years and a maximum fine of $5,000. Ruiz also faces charges of driving while impaired, driving after revocation of license and failure to produce proof of insurance.

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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