eeker County Sheriff’s Office received information about a driving complaint.
The vehicle was eastbound in Kandiyohi County on US Highway 12 at the time and was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed, driving in and out of the ditch, and driving without headlights on. A Kandiyohi Deputy located the vehicle just into Meeker County and initiated a traffic stop. The driver failed to stop and the pursuit ensued. Meeker County Deputies joined the pursuit. The driver drove into a ditch and field west of US Highway 12 and Meeker CSAH 31. The driver and a passenger fled on foot but both were apprehended without further incident.
The driver was identified as Luiz Giron-Castellannos, 27 of Benson and the passenger was identified as Byron Moreno-Barahona, 30 (no address given). Giron-Castellannos was arrested for fleeing a peace officer, driving under the influence, and criminal damage to property. Moreno-Barahona was arrested for fleeing a peace officer on foot and obstructing legal process.
Both were booked into the Meeker County jail pending a court appearance Friday, Aug. 28, in Meeker County District Court. The pursuit lasted approximately 7 miles and reached speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. A third passenger in the vehicle was not charged.