A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting a woman and leading police on a chase with a young child in his car in April.

Pablo Rodriguez Jr., 31, pleaded guilty in Olmsted County District Court to felony charges of domestic assault by strangulation and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor neglect of a child and misdemeanor DWI-operate motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. On those charges, Judge Christina Stevens handed down a stay of imposition and a 90-day jail sentence, respectively. Rodriguez was given credit for 90 days he already served, according to court records.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on the felony charges by Judge Jacob Allen on Sept. 30.

A 26-year-old Rochester woman called police at 6:50 p.m. on April 19 to report that a man had assaulted her at her residence in the 1000 block of 41st Street Northwest and then took her 1-year-old child and drove off, Lt. Mike Sadauskis said shortly after the incident.

Rodriguez punched the woman in the back of the head and multiple times in the face. He also put his hands around the woman's neck and choked her, according to court records. After he assaulted her, he took her 1-year-old child and fled.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office located Rodriguez’s vehicle in Stewartville northbound on U.S. Highway 63 and followed it to Interstate 90, where deputies attempted to pull Rodriguez over but he sped off. 

At that point, Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies stopped pursuing the vehicle, but a Rochester officer continued to follow the car. Mower County Sheriff’s deputies later joined the pursuit. Stop sticks were deployed three times but were unsuccessful as Rodriguez maneuvered around them.

Rodriguez eventually stopped in the middle of the roadway and was taken into custody. The child was uninjured.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.