The investigation of a driving com­plaint on Sun­­day eventually led law enforcement on a 50 mile high speed pursuit through several counties before the driver was apprehended.

The investigation of a driving com­plaint on Sun­­day eventually led law enforcement on a 50 mile high speed pursuit through several counties before the driver was apprehended.

Steve Lopez, 27, homeless but formerly of Willmar, was arrested without incident after the vehicle he was driving went into a ditch in rural Swift County.

The incident began Sunday evening when a Montevideo ambulance crew was returning to town on Hwy. 7 east of Montevideo. The crew spotted a vehicle approximately four miles east of town swerving all over the road. The crew reported the license number of the vehicle to law enforcement and continued to follow the vehicle back to Montevideo.

The ambulance crew reported that the vehicle  then turned into the Walmart parking lot. A Montevideo police officer and Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputy located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver failed to stop and instead, fled the scene.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated, and several agencies became involved in the chase. Officers from the Montevideo Police Dept., Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dept., Clara City Police Dept., Swift County Sheriff’s Dept., and the Benson Police Dept. all participated in the pursuit which at times reached speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Lopez is currently being held in the Chippewa County jail facing charges of felony fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, misdemeanor reckless driving, and misdemeanor driving after suspension. Other charges are possible, pending the results of a blood alcohol test.

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