Jack Allen Rother, 41, of Brooklyn Park was charged in Anoka County District Court on Friday after leading Coon Rapids police on an overnight pursuit across the north metro and eventually crashing in Roseville.
Charges say the incident started just after 1 a.m. Friday when police responded to several reports that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on Hwy. 10 near Round Lake Boulevard.
An officer caught up to the Ford Excursion near Egret Boulevard and activated the squad lights and sirens. The vehicle did not stop for the officer and accelerated away at approximately 86 to 90 mph. As the vehicle passed through Blaine on Hwy. 10, speeds reached 105 mph. The Excursion continued in the wrong lanes of traffic onto 35W traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.
Ramsey County law enforcement intervened and deployed stop sticks which disabled the vehicle on 35W near County Road D.
MNDOT traffic cameras captured the end of the chase when the Excursion can be seen leaving the roadway and the driver attempting to flee. He was captured nearby.
Following his arrest, officers observed that Rother’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred. Rother ultimately declined to submit to a breath test.
Rother was charged Friday with felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI-refusal to submit to a breath test, and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. He made his first court appearance the same day and was granted conditional release with no bail required and released from custody.
Rother has a pending case charged in March on misdemeanor counts of driving after revocation and driving without insurance. Court records show Rother has fourteen prior convictions or citations, all for driving-related offenses.
Rother is scheduled to make his next court appearance on the new charges on June 5.
This article was originally published in the Twin Cities weekend crime recap. Read the full recap here.