Charges: Driver Flees Police at 75mph on Local Bike Trail

(Mankato, MN) – A 25-year-old man stands accused of leading police on a high speed chase on a local bike trail.

David James Baker Jr. is charged with two felony counts of fleeing a peace officer.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Baker around 2:30am on May 1st east of the Minneopa Golf Course, but Baker wouldn’t pull over. The complaint says Baker took off down a gravel road and then went into a ditch and somehow ended up onto a paved bike trail.

As Baker traveled down the trail, the deputy was driving down County Road 90 and both were going over 75 miles an hour. Baker eventually stopped his vehicle and fled on foot.

Other officers soon arrived on the scene, including a K-9, which began to bark and howl and led Baker to announce himself and come out of the ravine where he was hiding on his own.

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