The pup stolen from Minnetonka home was recovered after police chase on Hwy. 169

The miniature schnauzer was returned to her owners this weekend.
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The puppy that was stolen from a Minnetonka house last week was recovered after a chase along Hwy. 169 in southeast Minnesota, the State Patrol has revealed.

The 5-month-old purebred miniature schnauzer, named Zoey, was taken from a house during a burglary on the morning of Tuesday, Apr. 16.

She was returned to owner Mike Mehle and family this past weekend, though few details were released about how she came to be found.

It now turns out that the pup was recovered by police after a chase along Hwy. 169, which ended near Belle Plaine, on Saturday afternoon.

The State Patrol says a trooper was investigating a suspicious vehicle that was seen trespassing in the lot of a MnDOT facility.

After speaking with the pair inside the vehicle, they fled from the traffic stop and led police on a pursuit across Hwy. 41, Hwy. 169 and other Scott County roads.

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They eventually became stuck in a field along County Road 59 in Belle Plaine, with the driver – a 23-year-old man from Maple Grove – arrested on suspicion of fleeing police.

The passenger managed to elude police and is still at large.

Troopers then found the dog, which was returned to the Mehle family with the help of animal control and Jordan Police Department.

The case remains under investigation.

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