The Mankato Department of Public Safety is crediting an alert driver with the arrest of a man a little after 11:00 p.m. Commander Dan Schisel said, “Shouldn’t have been driving.”

It initially came in as a driving complaint, with the caller stating that the vehicle was all over the road. Schisel said 23-year-old Patrick Mordhorst of Maple Grove also caused damage to public infrastructure. “The vehicle had already hit a light pole and knocked it over,” he explained.

The pole was downed in front of Mully’s on Madison. Officers caught up with the van at Highway 169 and, “Activated emergency lights and siren. The vehicle did not stop. The vehicle accelerated. The vehicle then went eastbound on Highway 14.”

Schisel said the chase stayed below the speed limit, and the car exited at 3rd Avenue before pulling into a parking lot on Cleveland Street.

“While in custody and going through part of the field sobriety testing, (Mordhorst) became combative. Officers had to restrain him at that point,” Schisel said. Mordhorst continued to be combative at the jail, and Schisel said he also refused to take a breath test.

Preliminary charges include running from police, obstruction of police with force, alcohol test refusal, hit and run, and not having proof of insurance.