North Mankato, Minn. On December 9th, 2021, at 1:07 p.m., a North Mankato police officer observed a 2011 GMC Sierra pickup, that had been reported stolen from South Central College on December 5th, traveling on Belgrade Ave.
The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled. The pursuit continued on multiple roads into upper North Mankato until the suspect drove eastbound into the westbound lanes of U.S. Hwy 14. The pursuit was immediately discontinued.
The driver continued eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic and struck 2 other vehicles. Officers from North Mankato stopped at the scene of the accident. No injuries were sustained.
The vehicle was located by Mankato police officers a short time later near Riverfront Storage (201 W. Mable St). The driver fled on foot from the vehicle and was apprehended a short time later.
The driver, John Robert Olson, age 37, of North Mankato, was taken into custody and is currently being held at the Nicollet County Jail awaiting charges. Olson also had outstanding felony warrants for his arrest.
The MN State Patrol is investigating the crashes on U.S. Hwy 14