Motorcyclist flees police in Falcon Heights at 100 mph

Crashes into 

St. Paul yard


A 22-year-old man who was seen speeding on a motorcycle in Falcon Heights fled from police and reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, before crashing into a yard near Hamline University May 25.

St. Anthony Interim Police Chief Jon Mangseth said the man was seen headed eastbound on Larpenteur Avenue near Gortner Avenue by officers in the westbound lanes, clocked going 64 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone just before 10 p.m.

The St. Anthony Police Department provides police protection for Falcon Heights.

A second squad car followed the man and attempted to stop him, with a second radar reading finding that he’d accelerated to 83 miles per hour, Mangseth said. As police pursued, the man turned south onto Snelling Avenue from Larpenteur, where he was observed reaching 100 miles per hour.

Continuing south on Snelling, near Hamline University in St. Paul, the man turned westbound onto Hewitt Avenue, Mangseth said, eventually losing control of the motorcycle and crashing into the yard of a home on Fairview Avenue, where Hewitt comes to an end, some three miles from where he was first seen speeding.

At the scene of the accident two weeks after it took place, no skid marks were visible on the road, though painted markings and ripped up grass showed where the motorcycle clipped a curb and then landed in the yard. Though there was no visible damage to the home where the accident took place, the handrail on stairs leading up to a back door was bent and deformed.

Mangseth said the man, who was riding a yellow Yamaha sport bike, was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, though he said he was unable to comment on the extent of those injuries.

Ramsey County charges against the 22-year-old for felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle are pending, said Mangseth, who did not release the motorcyclist’s name.

If convicted, the maximum penalty the man could face is three years, a $5,000 fine or both.


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