604.16 LIABILITY FOR LOSS SUFFERED AS A RESULT OF PEACE OFFICER
Subdivision 1. Flee; definition.
For purposes of this section, the term "flee" means to
increase speed, extinguish motor vehicle headlights or taillights, or to use other means with
intent to attempt to elude a peace officer following a signal given by any peace officer to the
driver of a motor vehicle.
Subd. 2. Peace officer; definition.
For purposes of this section, "peace officer" means an
employee of a political subdivision or state law enforcement agency who is licensed by the
Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, charged with the prevention and
detection of crime and the enforcement of the general criminal laws of the state and who has the
full power of arrest, and shall also include the Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota conservation
Subd. 3. Liability for loss.
If a peace officer is acting in the lawful discharge of an official
duty, a person fleeing the peace officer by means of a motor vehicle or motorcycle is liable for all
bodily injury and property damage suffered by any other person, except another person fleeing
from a peace officer, arising out of the operation or use of a pursuing peace officer's vehicle,
unless the peace officer is not exercising reasonable care.
History: 1981 c 37 s 2; 1981 c 312 s 3; 1984 c 445 s 1