WASECA, Minn. – A man remains hospitalized after authorities say he deliberated drove into a highway median.
The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were sent Sunday around 7:30 pm to check on the welfare of Rick Daron Lund, 36 of St. Clair. County dispatch had received calls that Lund made statements which caused concern about his wellbeing.
Deputies say they located Lund in a white Dodge Durango in St. Clair and he drove off when they approached. Deputies say Lund drove around one squad car and hit a second before escaping by driving through a yard. Deputies and Eagle Lake Police followed Lund on Blue Earth County Road 15 into Waseca County.
The pursuit continued onto Highway 14 toward Waseca. The Sheriff’s Office says Lund drove over spike strips deployed by Waseca Police and about two miles east of Waseca, the Dodge Durango swerved into the media of the highway, hit a maintenance turnaround and was catapulted into the air. Authorities say the swerve appears to have been an intentional act.
Deputies say they removed Lund from the vehicle as it began to catch fire. He was airlifted from the scene and is reportedly in serious but stable condition.
This incident remains under investigation. Assisting with this chase and crash were the Waseca County Sheriff’s Office, Waseca Police Department, and the MN State Patrol.