On the evening of Tuesday, January 15th a radio call was put out by the Nobles County dispatch of a vehicle driving erratically and at a high rate of speed on Old Highway 16 (County road 35) near Rushmore and was last seen heading towards Adrian. An Adrian Officer pulled his squad car into a lot at the intersection of Highway 91 and Old 16, the suspects vehicle sped through the intersection just minutes later. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued on Old 16 towards Magnolia and Luverne reaching speeds of over 80 miles per hour and driving erratically shoulder to shoulder.
The Adrian officer followed the car and called dispatch to notify Rock County Deputies they were heading in their direction on County Road 35. Deputies in Luverne didn’t have a chance to deploy stop strips before the suspects vehicle reached Luverne. Rock County Deputies picked up the lead in the chase at that point, per protocol, and the Adrian officer supplied support.
The vehicle traveled down Main Street Luverne through the Highway 75 intersection.
The chase continued through Beaver Creek on Old Highway 16 (County road 4). Minnehaha law enforcement were alerted and several squad cars were waiting as the pursuit reached Brandon. Officers were able to surround the suspect when he turned into a Cul-de-sac in Brandon. Two Rock County Deputies boxed the vehicle in and the suspect was removed from his vehicle at gun point.
The suspect, Timothy Wilson Heck of Minneapolis was arrested and faces charges of second-degree assault, fleeing peace officers in a motor vehicle, two counts of DWI and reckless driving. Heck admitted to officers at the scene that he was likely under the influence of Meth.
Adrian Chief of Police Shawn Langseth commented “with vehicles like this we have to try and stop because of public safety due to the erratic behavior of the driver.”
Officers estimate Heck reached speeds around 80 miles per hour coming through Adrian, Magnolia, and Luverne.
He was taken to the Minnehaha jail and the vehicle was impounded.