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Murder suspect pursued into Waseca County

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A suspect in an Austin homicide case leads authorities on a high-speed chase.

The pursuit ended in Waseca County with the driver dead after a violent crash. Officials say the high-speed pursuit of the suspect reached speeds of up to 130 miles-per-hour.

It all began around 3 Friday morning after a neighbor called 911 to report hearing a person yelling for help from a home in Austin. Officials say a neighbor called in after hearing yells for help.

"The caller reported to say what he thought appeared to be a body on the ground in front of the residence," said Chief Brian Krueger of the Austin Police Department. "He observed a tall male leaving the scene."

Shortly after, authorities say a red Saab left the scene at a high rate of speed. Several agencies joined the chase, which spanned 50 miles.

"We received a call that there was a chase coming into Waseca County on the southern half, down by New Richland area," said Sheriff Brad Milbrath of Waseca County. "State patrol was in the lead as they were coming into our county, and requested assistance from us in deploying stop sticks."

Authorities say the Saab hit the stop sticks, went into the ditch, and eventually started to roll. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected out of the vehicle. He died as a result of the crash.

Authorities are not releasing the name or the age of the man who was killed in the homicide. The driver of the Saab has not been formally identified either.

The Austin police chief also declined to release what type of weapon was used in the murder.