Man dies in Red Wing after high-speed police chase, crash


A Farmington man died early Sunday after he led police on a roughly 28-mile chase from Farmington into Red Wing, then drove off the road and hit a tree, according to the Farmington police department, FOX 9 reports.

The driver was identified as Cody J. Swanson, 24. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Swanson was driving a 2011 Buick sedan about 4 a.m. Sunday in Farmington when police tried to pull him over, but he refused to stop, authorities said.

Swanson drove east on County Road 50 at a high rate of speed, with police following behind him, about 30 miles into Red Wing. Officers tried to use "stop sticks" to slow Swanson down, but he continued driving.

The Minnesota State Patrol said he then drove east onto Cannon River Avenue, near U.S. 61 and the Red Wing Shoe Co., where he veered off the road and crashed into a tree, according to the Pioneer Press. It’s not clear if alcohol was a factor. The roads were dry at the time of the accident, according to the state patrol.

Court records show Swanson was arrested for drugs and theft in Dakota County earlier this year, according to KSTP.

No officers were injured in the pursuit. One Farmington police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, though police have not released any further details, FOX 9 reports.

Officers from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, Goodhue County Sheriff's Office and the Red Wing police department also assisted. Farmington police and the state patrol are still investigating the incident.

Next Up

Willians Astudillo

Twins pitchers decimated: 16 runs, 18 hits, 8 walks ... 4 strikeouts

The White Sox hammered the Twins 16-4 but Astudillo took the mound in the ninth.


Girl shot in the head at birthday party 'fighting for her life'

Trinity Ottoson-Smith was struck by a bullet in the head last weekend.

Kelly Kleine

Broncos hire Vikings' Kelly Kleine as highest-ranking woman scout in NFL history

Kleine will reunite in Denver with former Vikings executive George Paton.

Joel Eriksson Ek

Wild looks to exorcise demons from haunted Game 2 history

The Wild have lost nine straight Game 2s entering Tuesday night's tilt with Vegas.


Woman who died in crash after car lost tire in Minneapolis is ID'd

The 35-year-old Minneapolis woman was originally from Mahnomen.

Flickr - fishing minnesota 2020 -Lorie Shaull

Curious conservation officer reports from the Minnesota DNR

Gravel thieves, raucous campers and some quick thinking that backfired.

St. Paul police squad

Police 'tactically disengage' from standoff in St. Paul

The incident lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours.


Another Raising Cane's set to open in the Twin Cities

This will be the 11th Raising Cane's restaurant in the metro area.

kimberly potter

Trial of former police officer Kimberly Potter starts Dec. 6

Potter is charged in the shooting death of Daunte Wright.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Health care workers ratify tentative agreement with Allina Health

The union was threatening a strike just two weeks ago.