Morton Man Arrested/Charged After High-speed Pursuit in Three Counties


A Morton man was arrested and charged after a high-speed chase that went through three counties Saturday.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Marcus D. Pendleton is charged with Fleeing a Peace Officer in a Motor Vehicle and 1st Degree DWI, both felonies, and Driving after Cancellation-Inimical to Public Safety, a gross misdemeanor.

In addition to those offenses, Pendleton was wanted on a MN Department of Corrections arrest warrant.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says at 1:40am, a Deputy Sheriff from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a vehicle traveling northbound on Co Rd 5 near MN Hwy 19, in the City of Franklin.  As the traffic stop was initiated, the suspect vehicle began to accelerate and flee at a high rate of speed.

The suspect vehicle led deputies through portions of Renville, Redwood, and Brown Counties, including the cities of Franklin and Morgan.

Following speeds, at times, in excess of 100 miles per hour, a tire deflation device was deployed, which successfully deflated one or more of the suspect’s tires.

Shortly thereafter, the driver slowed to a stop and surrendered.

Pendleton appeared in Renville County District Court Tuesday.  Judge Laurence Stratton ordered Pendleton held in jail in lieu of $75,000.00 unconditional bail or $60,000.00 bail with release conditions.

Assisting the Renville County Sheriff’s Office with the pursuit included the Olivia Police Department, Fairfax Police Department, Redwood County Sheriff’s Office and the Lower Sioux Tribal Police Department.


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