For immediate release
Oct. 24, 2022
Contact: Lt. Jeff Strom at 507.377.5200

One arrested after vehicle pursuit in Albert Lea

Jose Martinez, age 31, was arrested after leading Albert Lea Police and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Deputies on a vehicle pursuit this afternoon. Martinez, who has an active felony arrest warrant out of Mower County and no valid driver’s license, was spotted driving a 2006 Buick Lucerne on Southeast Broadway Avenue in Albert Lea at 12:19 p.m. today, Oct. 24. An Albert Lea police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop when Martinez increased speed and fled in the vehicle. Martinez traveled east on Main Street and eventually turned northbound on Interstate 35 with two flat tires. Martinez crashed his vehicle into the median-barrier cables just south of State Highway 30. He was then taken into custody without incident.

Martinez is being held on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and driving while impaired.

Albert Lea Police were assisted by the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and Ellendale Ambulance. There were no injuries reported.


The mission of the Albert Lea Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in Albert Lea, by providing excellent public safety services through leadership, integrity, and in collaborative partnerships with our community.