Rochester Moped Driver Leads Police on Pursuit
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Rochester man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly led officers on a pursuit while driving his moped.
Lt. Frank Ohm says the incident began shortly after midnight on Sunday when an officer on patrol early was driving behind a moped with expired registration in the 300 block of 6th Ave. Southeast. Ohm said the officer activated his emergency lights but the moped continued north and hopped railroad tracks near Mayo Field before turning west on a bike path on the other side of the tracks.
Officers terminated the pursuit and set up a perimeter. Later on an officer spotted the moped driver, identified as 40-year-old Brandon Wenthold, on the bike path.
Police say Wenthold was taken into custody and brought to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center without further incident. He’s expected to face a felony charge for fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Court records indicate Wenthold has several prior felony convictions.