Two people in a vehicle that fled from a deputy were injured Monday after the vehicle struck a tree, according to the Ramsey County sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office was conducting an overnight burglary prevention detail late Sunday into early Monday in response to an increase in burglaries in St. Paul’s Highland Park and Macalester-Groveland areas. During the detail, a deputy saw a truck speeding in the area of Snelling and Stanford avenues about 2:40 a.m.
The driver, identified as Austin Edgar Peterson, 28, of Minneapolis, briefly stopped when the deputy activated the squad’s emergency lights and then he fled. The deputy, with lights and siren on, pursued the vehicle west on Marshall Avenue and saw Peterson commit multiple traffic violations, the sheriff’s office said.
After Peterson crossed the Lake Street-Marshall Bridge into Minneapolis at about 45 mph, a deputy used a pursuit-intervention technique. Deputies receive training in the technique, which involves turning a squad into a fleeing vehicle, causing it to spin to end the pursuit, said Sheriff Bob Fletcher.
There wasn’t traffic or other people present, he said.
Peterson appeared to try to steer away and struck a tree. Emergency medical personnel took Peterson and a 24-year-old woman in the truck to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Fletcher said.
Peterson had active arrest warrants from Dakota County for felony drugs and Hennepin County for receiving stolen property, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle he was driving had been stolen from a construction site in Minneapolis.
The sheriff’s office said the incident is under investigation.