by Timothy Charles Holmseth
On December 22, 2014, Timothy Rundquist, 52, an assistant county attorney for Stevens County, Fergus Falls City Council member, and Minnesota State University-Moorhead instructor, died after a high speed chase from police in Otter Tail County.
Rundquist died at the end of a chase that began when he fled a highway patrolman that attempted to pull him over for going 66 in a 55.
The inexplicable decision by a law abiding citizen to suddenly flee police for a very minor traffic infraction closely resembles the bizarre chase of David Elliot in Grand Forks, that ended in a UND police officer shooting Elliot in the Altru parking.
- Fleeing subject committed only minor traffic offense
- Fleeing subject had no meaningful criminal history
- Fleeing subject hit spike strips and continued to desperately flee
- No drugs or alcohol believed to be involved in either case
- Authorities cannot provide an explanation for why either man fled
- Both Rundquist and Elliot collided with a law enforcement vehicle
- Rehnquist’s death was deemed a suicide; Elliot was deemed “suicidal” by the police at a press conference, but lived through the gun-shots he received