Woman Arrested After Refusing To Pull Over For Police
MANKATO (TEC News) -- A civil disagreement at a rural Good Thunder residence last Friday ended with a woman being arrested for refusing to pull her van over for a Blue Earth County Sheriff squad car.
23-year-old Curlene Rosemary Keech posted bond to get out of jail after she appeared in court Monday on a charge of Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle.
Two Blue Earth County Sheriff deputies were called to a residence a 53897 185th Avenue around 12:44 p.m. While enroute, deputies learned from dispatch there was "yelling going on" and later that Keech has left the residence in a mini van.
Deputies would pass Keech in the mini-van on County Road 34 near the Ponderosa Landfill and as they turned onto 185th Lane, deputies said Keech started following them.
Deputy Brian Martin says he noticed Keech's van did not have a front license plate and at times she was tailing the squad car so close he was unable to see the van's front bumper in the rearview mirror. Martin noted in the criminal complaint that Keech was also on the wrong side of the road.
Martin says he put on his emergency lights and pulled to the side of the road near the junction of 540th Street. At that point Keech passed the squad car and refused to pull over after Martin activated his siren.
He says as they approached the residence where the initial call orginiated from, Keech turned in to what court records described a a field approach. Keech drove into the yard and stopped near the house.
Keech exited the van and started going to the house, refusing law enforcement orders to 'come here'. Martin says he had to physically grab Keech to keep her from "fleeing."
Keech was placed under arrest and in the back of the squad car at first stateed she didn't see the lights or sirens.
However, Martin says she later stated "I know I should have pulled over when you put your lights on."
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