MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Dakota County deputies arrested a 32-year-old woman early Sunday morning after she allegedly led them on a high-speed chase through various yards in a residential neighborhood before hitting a tree.
Kelly Ann Ries, of Hastings, faces one felony count of fleeing a police officer, court documents show.
According to a criminal complaint, a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull her over around 2:40 a.m. on 150th Street in Nininger Township, just east of Hastings. The deputy had seen Ries driving suspiciously near a business that had recently been vandalized.
But when the deputy flicked on the squad’s emergency lights to make the stop, Ries sped off going east on 150th Street. In doing so, she switched off her headlights.
As Ries rode into Hastings, she sped through a stop light going 70 mph in a residential area where the speed limit is 30 mph, the complaint states.
When she then tried to turn south onto Highland Drive, she drove through someone’s yard. When she got back on that road, she didn’t stop when she came to a cul de sac at the end. Instead, she drove through multiple yards and into another cul de sac off of Northridge Drive.
With her SUV’s headlights still off and on the wrong side of the road, she drove east on Northridge. The complaint states she then blew through a stop sign, turning right on Pleasant Drive and hitting a reserve officer’s car.
After this collision, she continued going east, drove into another cul de sac, and lost control of her SUV. The vehicle went into a yard and hit a tree.
As deputies pulled up to Ries, she tried to back her SUV out and hit a squad car, the complaint states. That’s when another squad moved in on her driver’s side, trapping her in.
Deputies then pulled Ries from the SUV and placed her under arrest.
If convicted, she faces up to 3 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.