High-speed chase ends in Dakota County

by Lisa Kaczke
Sun Thisweek
Dakota County Tribune

A police chase that exceeded 120 miles per hour began with a traffic stop in Edina and ended in Dakota County.

Derrick Demps, 25, of Prior Lake, told police he sped away after he was pulled over for speeding because he had outstanding warrants, according to a Hennepin County criminal complaint. He was charged with fleeing police.

The pursuit traveled 18 miles in 22 minutes, involving numerous police cars from multiple jurisdictions, according to the complaint. Edina police ended the pursuit for public safety reasons when Demps began driving into oncoming traffic, according to the complaint.

Edina officers were conducting enforcement on Highway 100 near West 50th Street at 2:42 p.m. Monday, April 21. An officer initiated a traffic stop because the vehicle was driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to the complaint.

The driver pulled the vehicle onto the highway’s shoulder, but then accelerated. Demps traveled to Interstate 494 to southbound Interstate 35W, accelerating to speeds of at least 120 miles per hour, according to the complaint.

From I-35W, the vehicle traveled at a “high rate of speed” on Highway 13, Highway 77, Highway 5 and Highway 52, according to the complaint.

During the pursuit, officers noticed the passenger door was open and a leg was sticking out, according to the complaint. The passenger dragged his foot on the ground, but then the vehicle accelerated and the door closed. The vehicle slowed down again and the passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle. The passenger was uninjured and told police the driver’s name, according to the complaint.

The vehicle was located at Mystic Lake Casino later that day, and Demps was arrested at a residence in Prior Lake, according to the complaint. If convicted on the fleeing charge, he faces up to three years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

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