Le Sueur County Sheriff's Office

A woman being chased by Le Sueur County Sheriff’s office was injured after her car ran off the road, a State Patrol report said.

A Le Sueur County deputy had attempted to pull April May Valliant, 32, over around 11:15 p.m. when she was driving west on Hwy. 112 and had nearly hit his squad car head on, a sheriff’s news release said. The deputy pursued Valliant, of Mapleton, as she accelerated to speeds above 100 mph and drove north. She drove in the wrong lane, entered and exited ditches and ignored traffic signs, the release said.

Eventually, she drove a 2001 Chrysler Sebring on was driving on Le Sueur County Road 117, then westbound on County Road 28, driving erratically side to side, state patrol said, and went into the ditch on an unpaved section of road, the sheriff’s department said. The pursuing deputy, Joseph Robert Kern, 37, of Le Center, also drove a 2014 Ford Explorer into the ditch.

Kern was not taken to a hospital, but Valliant was taken to Ridgeview Hospital, Le Sueur, for evaluation, the sheriff’s department said. A Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Office news release states that Valliant was discharged from the hospital and is being held in the Le Sueur County jail awaiting charges.

Le Sueur Police also assisted at the scene. The report indicates that no alcohol was involved in the crash.

Nancy Madsen has written for newspapers in Watertown, N.Y., and Mankato, as well as for PolitiFact Virginia at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond, Va. Nancy is a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., and Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

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