A 37-year-old woman is being charged after a downtown pursuit in Mankato and crash involving a Blue Earth County squad car over the weekend.

Aurthorities say that police were dispatched on Friday to a disturbance in downtown Mankato at Front and Cherry streets.  Dan Schisel of Mankato Public Safety says an officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled north from downtown.  The pursuit was terminated after it reached unsafe speeds.

Later, Schisel says the SUV returned downtown and the driver threw an empty alcoholic container at a squad car, sparking a second pursuit with police.  During the pursuit, the SUV side-swiped a couple of parked cars before intentionally colliding head-on with a sheriff’s squad, Schisel says. 

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s deputy in the squad suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The female driver was taken into custody, then transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.  Her name won’t be released at this time

Schisel says a variety of charges will be filed against the driver, including 2nd-degree assault, fleeing a police officer, criminal vehicular operation, and likely DWI.