MANKATO, Minn. (WCCO) — A 34-year-old man is in custody after police say he fled officers on an ATV and struck at least four police vehicles.

Timothy David Merseth, of Mankato, is currently being held in the Blue Earth County jail. Police say an officer spotted him committing several traffic violations while riding an ATV, near the Monks Avenue and Stadium Road area.

The officer attempted to stop Merseth but he sped away. A police chase began, with Merseth speeding through several fields and residential yards before deliberately striking four police vehicles, according to authorities.

The pursuit ended when Merseth collided with a Blue Earth County Squad car. Merseth was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. He’s currently being held in the Blue Earth County jail.

Police are investigating the incident. If anyone has sustained damage to their property as a result of the police chase, they are asked to contact the Mankato Department of Public Safety at 507-387-8780.

Comments (7)
  1. Iconoclast says:

    Ahhhhh…….classic Redneck move. You’ll always have a good story to tell the fellows in the bar in 3-5 years at least.

  2. See BS says:

    Why did they want him to stop in the first place? Did he have his fly down?

    Small town police get bored sometime, so it was probably fun to have a man hunt.

    1. Andy Griffith says:

      “Police say an officer spotted him committing several traffic violations while riding an ATV…” Before you post idiotic, short-sighted comments, read the actual article, not just the title.

      1. See BS says:

        spotting several traffic violations doesn’t sound too specific, probably because it was over nothing.

        You think they had their guns drawn when they arrested him?

    2. Ron White says:

      You can’t fix stupid. This applies to both Timothy Merseth and See BS.

  3. Curious George says:

    Do we know if it was a wide screen TV or one of the old style cathode rat TVs?

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