A Rochester man arrested on December 4th after allegedly leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Olmsted, Mower and Fillmore Counties has been charged in Olmsted County District Court.
31-year-old Brett Aaron Kuehl, was charged with a felony for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a gross misdemeanor for DWI, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, use or possession prohibited.
In an incident report from the Minnesota State Patrol, a trooper initiated a traffic stop on a GM Saturn at approximately 10:15 a.m. on December 4th at Interstate 90 and Olmsted County Road 35 after a warrant came back for the vehicle’s driver, Kuehl. The report stated that the Saturn then proceeded onto U.S. Highway 63 without stopping and continued at a high rate of speed.
The chase then proceeded through the city of Stewartville and, according to the report, the trooper noticed Kuehl was dropping an unknown substance out of the window. Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik reported that the pursuit then entered Mower County and later Fillmore County. The Mower County Sheriff’s Office, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Meadow Police Department assisted in the pursuit. Sandvik stated that on a few occasions, law enforcement had to break off the pursuit due to safety concerns.
According to the State Patrol’s report, Kuehl’s vehicle ran over stop sticks and the pursuit ended with his arrest at U.S. Highway 63 and 270th Street in Fillmore County near Spring Valley. No injuries were reported during the incident.
Kuehl’s next appearance in Olmsted County District Court is scheduled for December 15th. He is being held in the Olmsted County jail on $30,000 bond.