Justus Owen Naumann, 35, Hastings, was charged in Dakota County District Court on March 27 with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor third degree driving while …
Justus Owen Naumann, 35, Hastings, was charged in Dakota County District Court on March 27 with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor third degree driving while impaired under the influence of alcohol.
On March 24, Inver Grove Heights Police on patrol near the intersection of Inver Grove Trail and Concord Boulevard clocked a black SUV travelling 80 mph in a 50-mph zone. A traffic stop in a marked squad car was attempted with activated emergency lights and sirens but was ignored by the SUV.
Two squad cars pursued the fleeing SUV southbound on Highway 52, which was then travelling at excess 100 mph. The SUV had difficulty maintaining control in its lane, nearly hitting two vehicles, before attempting to make a turn for the 117th Street exit. It missed the exit, hit a street sign and drove into a ditch. The SUV travelled down a steep embankment, coming to a stop against a tree.
The driver, Naumann, was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest. Naumann had slurred speech, bloodshot and watery eyes, and smelled of alcohol. Naumann then told police he was intoxicated.
A blood sample was obtained at Regions Hospital and then Naumann was transported and booked into the Dakota County Jail. Naumann was convicted of misdemeanor DUI in Dakota County in March 2021 and gross misdemeanor DUI in Todd County in 2009.