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Police: Man Arrested For Fleeing Cops, Causing Fatal Accident

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Cloud Police arrested a man who allegedly caused a fatal accident while fleeing police Friday night.

Officers said they were called just before 5 p.m. to help stop a vehicle driven by a man who had a warrant out for his arrest.

The man, Timothy Gilles, was wanted for possession of a controlled substance and probable cause for fleeing an officer and assault of a police officer.

Gilles, 22, was heading north in a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Highway 15 in St. Cloud when officers tried to pull him over. Police said he fled away really fast in his vehicle, traveling west on 2nd St. South, but in the eastbound lanes of the road.

An assisting Waite Park officer chased the vehicle for about a half mile, where Gilles’ Jeep t-boned another vehicle at the intersection of 2nd St. South and Waite Ave.

A 30-year-old driver of that car was killed in the impact. The 22-year-old passenger, a woman who was 8 months pregnant, was also seriously injured.

She and her unborn baby were taken to St. Cloud Hospital where they are both listed in serious but stable condition.

Gilles, meanwhile, fled on foot after the crash. Officers caught up to him, tasered him, and were able to arrest him.

He was treated for minor injuries at a hospital then was brought to the Stearns County Jail.

Gilles is facing charges on past warrant and now new charges for fleeing an officer and criminal vehicular homicide.

The names of the victims in the other car won’t be released until family is notified.

St. Cloud Police and the Minnesota State Patrol said they are investigating and will release more information on the case by Monday.

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