MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A driver is in custody after leading authorities on a wild police chase across the east Twin Cities metro on Wednesday.
Traffic management cameras captured the pursuit shortly after noon, which police say started in the area of McKnight Road and Conway Avenue in St. Paul. Officers were trying to stop a car they believed was involved in an aggravated assault, and believed the 29-year-old driver was armed. When police tried to pull the car over, he fled.
The suspect got onto I-694, then I-94 and appeared to be headed towards Wisconsin, reaching speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. The driver eventually got onto Interstate 35E and went back to I-94, heading back towards St. Paul.
The driver narrowly missed hitting a squad car head-on at I-694 and County Road 14, and the chase came to an end with the suspect exiting at northbound I-35E and Maryland Avenue. The suspect raced past a school bus and took out equipment in a center median at the intersection before the SUV rolled. The vehicle chase lasted more than 10 minutes before the crash.
The suspect immediately fled the vehicle, and a foot chase ensued. St. Paul police said the suspect was taken into custody a short time later. They later found a gun in his car.
Police say the 29-year-old being booked for aggravated assault, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm by an ineligible person, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance.