Driver takes officers on 30-minute pursuit

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning vehicle pursuit that started in Maple Grove and ended in Crystal.

At approximately 3 a.m., a deputy with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office attempted to pull over a suspected impaired driver traveling along Hemlock Lane and Interstate 94 in Maple Grove. The 26-year-old male suspect slowed the vehicle but refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

The chase lasted approximately 30 minutes, traveling through Maple Grove, and into St. Paul; eventually coming to an end in the city of Crystal around 3:30 a.m.  The chase ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed in the area of 36th Avenue and County Road 81 following a PIT maneuver (precision immobilization technique) by law enforcement officials.

The suspect was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

Agencies responding to the incident include the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Maple Grove Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minneapolis Police, St. Paul Police, Crystal Police and Robbinsdale Police Departments.