PINE CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — For the second time in five days, a chase involving a state trooper has resulted in a crash.
The latest chase happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and involved an SUV traveling at speeds of 90 miles an hour on Interstate 35 near Pine City. The driver crashed into some trees and was seriously injured. The driver, who the patrol said was impaired, is expected to survive.
Last weekend, a similar chase and crash killed an innocent mother and her two children.
“Like this chase, and the one that occurred in Minneapolis over the weekend, demonstrated these things happen very quickly and there’s a very short window of opportunity to try to bring them to an end,” said Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol.
He said the patrol evaluates the safety of each pursuit but also places great importance on catching drunken drivers, who account for up to 150 fatalities on Minnesota roads each year.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports