Local/state briefs

3 young children in vehicle during high-speed chase

WAITE PARK (AP) — Waite Park police said a pair of suspected thieves led officers on a high-speed interstate chase with three young children in the car.

Authorities said the two were suspected of stealing from Kohl’s department store Wednesday night. A store employee wrote down the license plate number and police learned the driver was wanted for a robbery in West St. Paul and might be armed.

Officers tried stopping the vehicle on Interstate 94, but the suspects fled with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. The Star Tribune reported that officers used stop sticks three times but the chase continued into Albertville where Wright County deputies and State Patrol troopers joined the pursuit.

Stop sticks were again deployed, the vehicle was stopped and the two arrested. The children, ages 3 months, 2 and 5, were released to family members.

Rochester doctor faces deportation to Malaysia

ROCHESTER (AP) — A Rochester physician who left her Malaysian village as a teenager could be deported to her birth country as early as next week.

Dr. Guan Lee has built a life and a practice in Minnesota since entering the U.S. in 1992, but has lived in legal limbo. Her Twin Cities attorney, Malee Ketelsen-Renner, says Lee received a letter from immigration authorities denying her citizenship application in 2009. The 41-year-old doctor has won a series of reprieves on deportation, which now appear to have run out.

The Post-Bulletin reported the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office says Guan is out of options and must leave the country. ICE public affairs officers Shawn Neudauer said if Lee fails to comply with a removal order to leave the U.S. she will be listed as an ICE fugitive.

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