Fairfax Man Arrested After Intense Pusuit 11 Jan 18

Fairfax, MN:  On Tuesday, just after 10pm, the Fairfax Police Department and Renville County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to an address in Fairfax for a report of a suicidal male.  Before local police had arrived, the subject had left the residence in a vehicle. 

The Fairfax Police Department pursued the vehicle, but later terminated the pursuit.

A short time later, the subject and his vehicle were located in Gibbon.  The Gibbon Police Chief reported that the subject attempted to strike the Gibbon squad car with his vehicle.  An attempt to stop the vehicle again resulted in a pursuit, which headed west on MN Highway 19 toward Fairfax.  At a location east of Fairfax, a Renville County Deputy Sheriff deployed tire spikes, which deflated two tire on the subject’s vehicle.  Despite that, the subject continued driving into Fairfax and turned off of Highway 19 onto 5th Street SE.  At that point, the suspect drove into a parking lot and struck a parked trailer.  With the vehicle still operable, the subject then drove onto the lawn of a home, made a U-turn, and drove toward a pursuing Renville County Deputy, striking the squad car head-on.  The suspect immediately turned around again, fled, but collided with another squad car at an adjacent intersection.

With the subject’s vehicle blocked in and disabled, the male was taken into custody.  The male was identified as 32-year-old Mark R. Wendlandt of Fairfax. 

He was assessed by EMS at the scene and then taken to the Renville County Jail.  The subject was believed to be under the influence of drugs.

One of the pursuing Deputies was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released from the Renville County Hospital. 

One of the damaged squad cars sustained light to moderate damage while the other sustained moderate to heavy damage.  The subject’s vehicle was a total loss.