Skip to main content

A Rochester woman drove into fresh concrete as she tried to evade police Monday morning. 

The 53-year-old had been the center of nine complaints to the Rochester Police Department since May 11, the department told Bring Me The News. She had been driving erratically and using a bullhorn to "spread the word of God" as she drove.

Authorities said, at about 4:38 p.m., officers tried to make a traffic stop after seeing her drive through a red light while yelling through her bullhorn. The woman refused to stop.  About an hour later, another officer on 3rd Avenue was stopped at a red light when a passerby approached their car to alert them that the woman in front of them had "run multiple lights."

The second officer attempted to pull the woman over at Westover Lane and 7th Street Northeast. When the officer activated his sirens and lights, the woman shouted into the bullhorn, "Oh look! I'm getting pulled over." The officer did not pursue the woman and turned off his lights and sirens, pulling over to the side of the road.

She then accelerated, driving towards Broadway Avenue until she crashed through construction barricades and into about "150 feet of wet, freshly poured concrete."

Pictures and video of the incident were shared to Facebook, which you can see here.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 10.05.14 AM

Officers arrested the woman without further incident. She was taken to St. Mary's Hospital for a psych evaluation as well. 

The woman, who has not been identified, faces two counts of fleeing police in a motor vehicle, one count of first-degree damage of property and one count of driving a motor vehicle without insurance.

She has not officially been charged as of Thursday morning.

The construction company said the damages accrued from her actions are around $30,000-$40,000. The company, Chippewa Concrete, told the Post Bulletin that it wouldn't surprise them if this happened again, because they typically see similar incidents happen "about twice a year."

Next Up

Ellie Ragin

Police obtain 'valuable information' in search for missing 6-year-old Elle Ragin

The 6-year-old is still missing following the death of her mother by suicide.

ambulance

Fatal crash involving 18-year-old in western Minnesota

The 18-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt, the State Patrol said.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

2 women stabbed during parking lot brawl in St. Cloud

Police are searching for another woman in connection with the attack.

Screen Shot 2022-07-04 at 10.02.43 AM

One killed in St. Paul house fire

Two firefighters were injured as they battled the blaze.

fireworks-gad76f1de1_1280

Minneapolis: Stop calling 911 for fireworks noise complaints

The city wants people to submit complaints online instead.

American flag at half-staff/half mast.

What's open and closed in Minnesota on the Fourth of July

Grocery stores are open, though some have limited hours.

ambulance

18-year-old killed by exploding firework in Brooklyn Park

Police arrived at the scene to see the victim's friend performing CPR.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 9.31.25 PM

Boy found in Brooklyn Park is reunited with parents

The boy was found shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

police tape, crime scene

1 dead, 1 arrested after shooting involving teens in Duluth

A 17-year-old was arrested around 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Neither the victim nor the suspect has been identified.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 1.03.19 PM

NASCAR driver joins MN boy in reclaiming 'Let's go Brandon' slogan

Brandon Brundidge gained recognition when his mother shared the story of how he found inspiration in "Let's go Brandon" signs.

Screen Shot 2022-07-03 at 10.20.27 AM

White supremacist propaganda flyers distributed in Cottage Grove

The department said the flyers have been left in driveways throughout the city.

Related

rochester police department

Rochester police investigating attempted abduction of 11-year-old

The incident involved an 11-year-old girl Wednesday night.

East Lake Street & 12th Avenue South in south Minneapolis.

Van stolen in Minneapolis with 5 kids inside; arrest made

Police in Minneapolis are still investigating if the man they arrested was involved in the kidnapping of the five children this past weekend.

police tape, crime scene

Man arrested for killing of woman in Woodbury home

The 39-year-old was taken into custody without incident, according to the Woodbury Police Department.

Woman fought off abduction attempt in southern Minnesota

The woman was walking on a trail when a man tried to grab her.

rochester carjacking suspect

Rochester police seek suspect in attempted carjacking

Investigators are hoping someone recognizes the suspect.

Screen Shot 2020-06-15 at 7.11.05 AM

Minneapolis teen arrested in St. Cloud after fleeing police in stolen vehicle

The vehicle was stolen in a car-jacking in Minneapolis Thursday.