A Lewiston man with a history of leading police on vehicle pursuits attempted to lead police on another chase Thursday morning.
Brian Keith Rathbun, 54, was arrested on three warrants from three separate counties, but not before he attempted to flee police in a car and on foot, according to Rochester police Lt. Tom Faudskar.
An investigation by the Rochester Police Department's Criminal Interdiction Unit led officers to Willow Creek Campground, 5525 U.S. Highway 63 South, on the belief that Rathbun was at a camper there. When officers moved in on the camper to arrest him, they found Rathbun in the driver’s seat of a truck next to the camper.
Rathbun allegedly attempted to drive away but officers had blocked the exit to the campground. He then “drove around the campground in a careless manner” before getting out of the truck and running, according to Faudskar.
A police dog, Kola, was used to arrest Rathbun. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys for treatment for the dog bite as well as a twisted ankle. After he was medically cleared, he was transferred to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.
Rathbun made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court Friday morning on charges of felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle. Judge Pamela King set unconditional bail at $20,000. She did not set conditional bail.
In July 2017, Rathbun was sentenced in Olmsted County District Court to 20 months in prison for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. In that instance, Rathbun had led police on a 24-mile pursuit. The incident began with a report of a car driving the wrong way down a highway.
Rathbun has four open cases in Olmsted County District Court that involve charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.