Innocent Driver Injured During Police Chase, 4 Arrested

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A police chase that happened in South Minneapolis overnight sent an innocent driver to the hospital.

The chase started just before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Witnesses who saw the crash said the driver of an SUV blew through a stop sign, t-boned a van, and came to a stop in the front yard of a home on the corner of 13th Ave. South and East 42nd St.

Police said the driver got out and ran away. They caught him a short time later and said the vehicle he was driving was stolen.

The man was wanted on outstanding warrants, police said.

Three other people in the car were taken into custody immediately.

The woman in the van that was hit was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Her condition is not known at this time. Police expect to release more information later Tuesday.

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    • The Architect

      No. Hunt them down while they’re in your sights.

      • markH

        If it were you or your family that suffered while these egotistical cops chased some jaywalker you wouldn’t sound nearly as tough as you do here. Peace.

        • The Architect

          No jaywalkers have been chased, sir.

          I want the criminals apprehended, and I want them apprehended NOW. I don’t live somewhere that I’d be near any high speed chases, so y’all remember to dive out of the way and into some ghetto bushes as they go speeding by, ok? Be safe, people!

        • The Architect

          I really, really , really need to find a job by the end of this week…It’s been 19 long months since I’ve worked & my partner Bruce is now glaring at me when he returns from the Floral Shop each day..My instincts tell me that he’s gonna end our 7 year relationship very soon..I just can’t return home to my Dad’s apartment again..

    • JamieinMN

      Hmm I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the POLICE who hit her, it was the SOB in the SUV that was running you IDIOT!!!!

      • Ted

        I once saw police chase a car by my house where the police put stop sticks down that cause the car fleeing from them to swerve into other cars. If they hadn’t put the stop sticks down in traffic with other vehicals on the road it looked like the runner had a clear path to keep going ahead without hitting other cars. My point is that yes if the car that swerved into other cars had hurt innocent drivers it is their fault but on the other hand the police chase and the need to stop the runner manipulated the runner to take dangerous actions.I think the police need to be extra cautious about chassing cars through the city. If it is too dangerous “don’t put down stop sticks” in traffic with innocent cars on the road or maybe stop the pursuit all together.

        • Whoknows

          It’s the fleeing party’s fault they are running from the police, it’s not the cop’s fault they didn’t want to stop for them in the first place.

        • The Architect

          Stop sticks stop the car. They don’t cause drivers to swerve into other cars.

          • Ted

            I saw them throw the stop sticks down on one side of the street and so did the driver fleeing the police. The driver swerved into on coming traffic nearly hitting many. Architect, I wonder why you always have some sort of conflict with most everyone here. Yes, stop sticks are suppossed to stop cars, show me ANY report that says they do stop cars all the time.

  • DFLsux

    Another liberal hard at work.

    • GOP party of fools

      naaaa a Tea Peeeeee’er
      nice try you stupid fool. ;-)

      • Ferris Lind

        Are you happy about the ‘SUPER CONGRESS’ I’m sure your happy That America is now Done .. You Globalist p.o.s

  • skaloc

    Stop Chasing stolen vehicles ? All the idiots need to do is speed up and you want the Police to let them go ? What a sense of Community you have — maybe the Gang-bangers can stay over at your place — you have children ?

    • me

      What we need is a community organizer for president. That’ll fix everything!

  • jeff

    i can understand both sides. @skaloc if your children were killed walking through an intersection during a police chase you might think differently. but i also have to agree with @idiotabove. the police really take into consideration chases through residential neighborhoods and what time it is etc. it certainly isn’t the cops fault that some innocent person is killed or injured. but at the same time is it worth killing an innocent person to put a car thief behind bars?

    • SG

      Pedestrians and other drivers also need to be aware of what is going on around them. Police have lights and sirens for a reason. If you see or hear them, even if they are blocks away, give them plenty of space to do what they need to do. If I’m on the road and I hear sirens or see the flashing traffice lights I make sure I know where the emergency vehicles are coming from so I can get out of their way, first so they can do their job and second for my own safety.

      Second, why do these fools try to run. Police cars are able to communicate with each other. You may out run one vehicle, but you can’t outrun the radio.

      • LP

        The car was hit by the fleeing car, which had no lights on. We need to remember that just because cops have lights and sirens doesn’t mean that perps have them. Don’t victim blame, it’s a bad habit our society has taught us.

      • marshaeg

        @ SG,
        I live on this block, and let me assure you there was no way for the innocent driver to see that the cops were chasing this guy. This guy was T-boned, from a completely blind angle.

    • jan

      How do you know it’s a car thief? It could be a murderer, kidnapper with a child or who knows what kind of monster. Put those losers away any way you can!

    • @jeff

      One word – YES

      It’s a fact there always have been and will be victims in conflicts. This is not unlike any way – there are good and bad. You cannot let it occur.
      Turns out a stolen car … but it could have been a stolen car with kidnapped people inside. Or chemicals to blow up something. Or 500# of crack.
      The dude fled -you take him down. That is simple.
      I feel for any innocent people hurt but …. blame the crook and not the police

  • Jake

    At some point one would think technology would take care of this. If it’s possible to use a satellite to see what kind of toothpaste you;’re using, you’d think there’s be a way of identifying and tracking a vehicle without having to keep “eyes on” a suspect through a high-speed chase. If we can track the vehicle, we can have law enforcement ready where they are going with a reduced (albeit not eliminated) risk.

  • marshaeg

    This was on my block. saw/heard the whole thing. One of the women that was arrested was smiling and laughing when she was taken out of the squad car.

    • The Architect

      My partner & I were leaving the Saloon around 2am when a stolen car sped by..I grabbed Bruce & held him close until we were assured that harm was no longer present..I couldn’t live without him..He’s my Partner,my Soulmate,my Other Half.

      • Jake

        sniff, sniff…..

    • The Architect

      Was she black?

  • Kent

    They have to stop putting innocent people in jeopardy. I agree with the first post.
    I know superiors in the 911 center, and they hate it too.
    Here is the solution.
    All penalties for a crime automatically double if the driver flees. They can still be caught based on a good vehicle ID and highway cameras etc.
    People die because of this current practice.
    Disagree? You wouldn’t if it was you son or daughter.

    • The Architect

      “They can still be caught based on a good vehicle ID and highway cameras etc.”


      That is FALSE, sir!

      The technology is not there to watch a car on camera after camera until it pulls into the KFC drive-thru, dummy.

      Come on. Use your head.

      • Kent

        Just an observation. There are many ways to track down suspects. It’s not worth killing innocent people to catch a car thief.
        By the way, thanks for your comments.

        • The Architect

          “There are many ways to track down suspects.”

          Feel free to list those methods. Please be complete in your list. Thanks.

    • SG

      I agree regarding the penalty doubling. However we don’t currently have the infrastructure with cameras etc to track every streeet, which is where this happened, not on the hiway. And what happens when the driver leaves the vehicle and makes a run for it on foot? Are us suggesting that we have cameras covering every square foot of the city?

      The article does not say why they were chasing the vehicle. Were they already speeding, had another crime been witnessed? We don’t know.

      I’ve lived on busy streets most of my life and seen more than a few chases go by. Listen for sirens. Watch for the lights. If you notice either get out of the way and give the police room to get through and do their job. It was the driver’s choice to run, are teh police just supposed to say oh well, better luck next time?

    • What a joke

      The car was stolen….moron. Pretty hard to know who is behind the wheel when the vehicle is stolen!

  • TL the alligator


  • SG

    I’m not blaming the victim in any way shape or form. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Maybe they did hear the sirens or see the lights and couldn’t get out of the way in time. I don’t know.

    Nor do I assume that the perps have the lights and sirens. Why would they unless they have stolen some sort of emergency vehicle?

    My point was to warn people to be aware of your surroundings. Most people on the street are decent but it only takes one stupid idiot to ruin many people’s lives.

    • marshaeg

      I do know. The pursuit street was perpendicular to the street on which the innocent guy was T-boned. Any view down 13th would be blocked by houses.There is no blame to be put on the innocent driver and his level of awareness. There was no way he could have seen it coming.

  • JKB

    Police chases need to end! Once they have the description of the vehicle and the license plate,STOP! There have been TOO many innocent victims to justify one persons apprehension. Once law enforcement has the needed information they can show up at the violators door and make the arrest! Law enforcement officers should be able tell if a chase may pose a threat to pedestrians or other drivers. If they cant theyre NOT doing anyone any good!

    • The Architect

      Dumbest Post of the Day Award goes to JKB.

      Everybody congratulate JKB for his stupidity. Way to go, knucklehead!

    • SG

      This would work IF the owner of the vehicle was the one driving. In this case the vehicle was stolen. Following your logic the police would show up at the door of an innocent person and arrest them. What if it was your vehicle stolen?

  • Jay

    Stuff it Architect! Everyone knows YOURE the REAL knucklehead!!

  • jeff

    chase those perps until every man woman and child on the street is road kill! that’s the answer. brilliant!!!!!!

  • Pete

    Well, you can’t end police chases. Gives idiots, drunk drivers, window peepers, killers, rapists a way out. Especially if the car is stolen. For you people screaming “Stop Chasing.” Lets say an officer attempts to stop a car for suspected DUI. Driver takes off. Officer cant chase… One hour later the same driver kills your teenage son/daughter…. Pretty sure your song and dance would change.

  • Jim S.

    I have a question about those outstanding warrants. What makes them so great?

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