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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Police chase ends in Minnesota River

  • A Granite Falls man was arrested after a alcohol-fueled car chase ended with a temporary escape into the Minnesota River.
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  • A Granite Falls man was arrested after a alcohol-fueled car chase ended with a temporary escape into the Minnesota River.
    Lance Odegard, 38, is being held on $30,000 bond as the alleged driver that outran police officers dangerously and sporadically, including driving up to speeds of 95 miles per hour and driving on the wrong side of the road on Hwy. 212.
    The incident started just after 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning when Montevideo Police Officer Brent Schroeder spotted a car believed to have been stolen several hours earlier. After Schroeder activated his emergency lights behind the vehicle, which had temporarily pulled over onto the shoulder by Goodfellow’s restaurant, the vehicle sped up, and the pursuit began.
    After going through the Goodfellow’s parking lot, the Valley View Mobile Home Park and back onto Hwy. 212, the car drove into a ditch just short of the Minnesota River.
    Schroeder ordered the driver to show his hands, but the driver did not comply and instead went toward the river.
    The driver was described as being a heavier set male with a grey t-shirt and collar length dark hair.
    At approximately 7:00 a.m., a male matching the description of the suspect was spotted walking east on Hwy. 212, and identified himself as Lance Odegard. He was handcuffed and taken to the YMC jail, where he had a registered reading of a .11 blood alcohol concentration.
    Odegard was charged with fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, driving after license cancellation and two counts of 4th degree DWI. The first court appearance is Monday, August 4 at 8:30 a.m.
    Odegard has a long history of criminal activity, racking up at least 10 felonies, including DWIs, arson, buglary and assault since the early 90s.

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