A man led police in a car chase Tuesday evening in the northern subway – crashing into the squad’s cars and driving in the middle of a grass to get them out. Officials said that once his car got stuck in the grass and squads surrounded him, he armed himself with knives and officers used less lethal tactics to arrest him.
The wild scene was captured on Minnesota Department of Transportation cameras, and traffic was blocked for several hours along Highway 65 in Blaine.
An Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to the 7000 block of Northeast Ivy Lane in Ham Lake at around 6:15 p.m. on reports of a suspect watching children in the area in a Saturn sedan.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that an examination of the car’s license plate revealed that the registered owner had an active arrest warrant for felony criminal sexual conduct.
The sheriff’s office said the driver fled, but the deputy stopped pursuing because of the number of people in the area.
Soon, a second sheriff’s deputy spotted the car heading south on Highway 65. Deputy and Blaine police officers try to stop it with stop sticks and chase intervention techniques. After crashing into several squads, the car came to a halt near the 9700 block of Highway 65.
The sheriff’s office said the man then armed himself with a knife and refused orders from law enforcement, and used less lethal tactics to take him into custody. An ambulance took her to a local hospital for evaluation.
The incident is being investigated by the Minnesota State Patrol and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.