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Driver who led Farmington police chase charged

A Rosemount man who led Farmington police on a high-speed pursuit Aug. 6 had told dispatchers he planned to make officers kill him, according to a complaint filed last week in the Dakota County Attorney's office.

Patrick Christopher Armstrong, 28, told police he was in his car and had a gun, a knife and a sword. He said he wanted four squad cars to respond. He also reportedly said he was a large man and would be combative.

Armstrong fled east along Elm Street when police arrived. He turned north onto Highway 3 and swerved around several other vehicles before police finally forced him off the road in an Empire Township neighborhood.

True to his word, Armstrong did not listen to police when ordered to lie down on the ground. Police hit him with a Taser and arrested him without further incident.

Police found a folding knife on the front passenger seat of Armstrong's car and a large knife in the glove box. They found a sword in the trunk and an open bottle of whiskey on the front passenger floor.

The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged Armstrong with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle and obstructing the legal process, both felonies. Obstructing the legal process has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000. Fleeing a police officer has a maximum sentence of three years and a maximum fine of $5,000.

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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