Mounds View squad car struck by fleeing driver

Officer and driver hospitalized

A high-speed chase in Mounds View the evening of July 7 led to a collision between the driver of a stolen vehicle and a Mounds View police officer in a squad car.

Both were taken to Regions Hospital with possible injuries, with the male driver facing several potential felony charges, according to a news release from the Mounds View Police Department.  

Mounds View Police Chief Nate Harder said in an interview that the officer, who he declined to identify, was released from the hospital that same night, but will continue to be monitored for his injuries. 

The pursuit began at 6:22 p.m., when an officer attempted to stop a sedan with no license plates in the area of Jackson Drive and Lambert Avenue. At the time, officers were not aware that the vehicle was stolen.

As soon as the officer activated their squad car lights and siren, the release says, the driver of the sedan fled at high speeds through the residential neighborhood. 

Mounds View officers called off the pursuit, but continued to patrol the area. 

The vehicle was soon spotted near Pinewood Elementary School, at the intersection of Quincy Street and County Road I, according to the release. 

The driver again attempted to flee and struck a marked Mounds View squad car at Quincy Street and Oakwood Drive. The driver then attempted to run and was caught by a Mounds View police K-9 team, the release says.

The driver had no outstanding warrants and he suffered only minor injuries from the crash, Harder said. As of the afternoon of July 8, the driver was still in Regions and had yet to be charged.

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