After refusing to pull over for a officer on Coulee Road before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, a driver led area law enforcment officers on a chase through a Hudson neighborhood and across the border before crashing in Lakeland, according to Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen.
Driver Anthony F. Saraceno, 22, of Hudson, was taken by amubulance to Regions Hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the crash. When he returns home, he'll face a mailbox full of 19 traffic citations and likely a felony charge of knowingly fleeing an officer.
The chase began on Coulee Road after Hudson Police Officer Mark Crimmins clocked an eastbound vehicle traveling 49mph in a 35mph zone, Jensen said. After Crimmins pulled a U-turn to pursue the 1999 Ford Escort, it drove into 's lot past , behind the and north on 17th Street.
From there, Jensen said, the winding chase continued on Aldrich Avenue, Nye Street, Summer Street, 13th Street, Ward Avenue, 14th Street, back to Summer Street, back to 13th Street.
The vehicle then sped north all the way to Wisconsin Street, tore up some grass in and found its way to Vine Street where it reached speeds near 65mph, according to Jensen.
From Vine Street, the vehicle nearly hit a pedestrian while speeding down Second Street on its way to westbound I-94. The Escort went across the border and exited southbound on Highway 95 and crashed after hitting a driveway access near the roundabout, flying about 5 feet into the air and coming to a rest in a Lakeland resident's front yard, according to Jensen.
Officers drew their weapons as Saraceno emerged from the wreck. In addition to multiple Hudson Police units, officers from the and the Washington County Sheriff's Office assisted in the pursuit.
"Alcohol was a factor in the incident," Jensen said.
In addition to a possible felony charge of knowingly fleeing an officer, Saraceno is facing more than a dozen traffic violation citations, including operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, reckless driving, speeding, operating left of center, failure to stop or yield at multiple controlled intersections and failure to yield to a pedestrian.