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Man who allegedly led police on chase charged

By Janice Gregorson

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

A man who allegedly led police on a chase and jumped from his running car, which crashed into a house, has been charged with a felony and several misdemeanors.

Demaine Jendal Cortez Barker, 19, 425 11th Ave. N.E., faces a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree damage to property, fleeing a peace officer, reckless driving, careless driving, driving after revocation, uninsured vehicle and failure to notify owner of property damage.

The allegations stem from an incident early Sunday that ended when, authorities say, Barker jumped out of his running car in a cul-de-sac and ran behind a house. His car crashed into the house at 1800 13th Ave. N.E.

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The complaint said the incident started when an officer noticed a vehicle run a red light at Sixth Avenue and Civic Center Drive Northwest. The officer followed and said the car ran a stop sign at another intersection.

The pursuit, at speeds close to 80 mph, went along Third Avenue Northwest to Elton Hills Drive Northwest, north on Broadway to east on Northern Hills Drive Northeast, then onto 13th Avenue Northeast. The complaint said Barker ran one more stop sign during the chase. Speeds dropped once in the more residential area, the complaint said.

The complaint said that once in the cul-de-sac, Barker ran toward the backyard of the house, and the car crashed into the front of the home. The house’s siding was damaged, and a wall was pushed inward. Shrubs and a wooden fence were also damaged.

Barker was arrested at his residence. He told police he had been at a party and didn’t notice police were behind him until he turned onto Northern Hills Drive, the complaint said. He said that he did not see the lights or hear the siren of the squad car before then and that he didn’t pull over because he was scared. He said he didn’t pay attention to his speed. The complaint said that the vehicle is uninsured and that Barker doesn’t have a driver’s license.

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