MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A driver is dead after police say a man stole a police car, fled the scene and hit another motorist.

The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Polk County. Police say the man, identified as 23-year-old Ricardo Mello, had a confrontation with a Crookston police officer and stole the officer’s police squad.

He then fled the scene, heading south on Main Avenue, lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Main and Old Highway 75 South and hit a Chevy pick-up truck.

The driver was killed and a female passenger was taken to Riverview Hospital, where she remains hospitalized.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Crookston Police are investigating the incident. The victims identities have not been released.

Comments (8)
  1. Dean says:

    How in the world can a person stopped be a police officer steal the efoicers squad car, Another senseless death on Mn, raods.

    1. elkriverscott says:

      How in the world can something happen? On this planet unpredictable things happen all the time. You may slip and fall in the shower tomorrow. Life is dangerous.

  2. Jake says:

    You might want to cut back on the Bacardi 151.

  3. Don Carter says:

    All officers should have kill switch attached to them they leave the car it is automatically disabled…period

  4. elkriverscott says:

    Bet you have been locked up, chuump

  5. Sue J says:

    Great another Illegal kills again!

    1. Mike says:

      Where did it say he was illegal in the story? I have some news for your thick skull. Not everyone legally living in the country has a last name of Johnson or Anderson.
      Your comments remind me of the blow holes out in Yellowstone National Park, instead of hot air, you spout bigoted ignorance at every opportunity your trying to make a point.

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