Police chase ends with officer shooting tire

Burglary suspect Noah Erickson, 28, of North St. Paul was arrested after driving erratically on Wednesday, Jan. 22, around 4 p.m.

Woodbury police officers reportedly followed Erickson into the East Side's Payne-Phalen neighborhood while investigating a Woodbury burglary, but before they could make contact with him, they said he began driving erratically.

According to a statement from the Woodbury Police Department, Erickson's car struck an unmarked police SUV and an unoccupied parked car before becoming lodged in a snow bank near the intersection of White Bear and Case avenues.

But the chase for Erickson didn't end there -- rather, he tried to drive towards officers. It was then that Woodbury police detective Jeff Zerwas shot at Erickson's tires to stop the vehicle.

Apparently it worked, because Erickson reportedly was booked in Ramsey County for active arrest warrants that include stalking and theft of a motor vehicle.

According to police, Erickson had narcotics and a firearm on him when the cops picked him up.

"Erickson will likely face additional charges once the investigation is completed," the statement said.

Neither the police officers nor Erickson suffered any injuries during the incident.

-- Patrick Larkin


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