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Driver suffering medical emergency refuses to pull over, leads officers on chase

The man was seen driving on the wrong side of the highway at one point.

A driver suffering a medical emergency led law enforcement on a chase in southern Minnesota Friday afternoon, with officers eventually able to force him to pull over so he could be taken to a hospital.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office said the car, a silver Pontiac, was spotted driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, heading toward Granite Falls. A member of the city's police department was able to make contact with the driver on Highway 212 near Hardee's, and noted it appeared the driver was having a medical emergency of some sort. 

But the man refused to pull over, and instead sped away through a red light, heading westbound and driving "all over the road," the sheriff's office said.

Multiple law enforcement officers gave chase, and at one point used a spike device to deflate three of the Pontiac's tires. It wasn't enough, as the man continued driving on Highway 212 toward Montevideo.

Near Yellow Medicine County Road 5, officers were able to "box in" the Pontiac, slow it down and bring things to an end. The officers confirmed the driver was indeed having a medical emergency and called an ambulance, according to the sheriff's office.

The man was taken to Granite Falls Hospital, then airlifted to a different, unknown hospital.

The sheriff's office did not provide the condition of the driver, and added his name won't be released at this time. 

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