June 22, 2018 06:12 PM
Buffalo police say a male and female were taken into custody following a chase that started in Buffalo and ended in Montrose Friday morning.
A post to the department's Facebook page said the chase began around 8:45 a.m. when officers responded to a report of a gray SUV crossing the fog and center lines as it entered Buffalo on Highway 25.
The post states officers located the vehicle and approached the driver, identified as a 33-year-old male with a Plymouth address. Officers reportedly asked the driver to place the vehicle in park and turn off the ignition.
But the man allegedly fled and officers began pursuit.
Ken Fisk watched it all unfold from his office.
"There were five or six police officers surrounding the vehicle, basically had to drag him out of the vehicle, he was not going to go voluntarily," Fisk said.
According to the post, the chase covered the business areas of Buffalo before moving south on Highway 25 toward Highway 12. Wright County sheriff's deputies deployed tire deflation spikes at the intersection of Highway 25 and 12, causing the vehicle's tires to deflate.
But the driver allegedly continued to flee into Montrose where the vehicle reportedly left the roadway. The post states officers from both the Buffalo Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff's Department converged on the vehicle, which then allegedly rammed a Wright County sheriff's squad car.
"I was in the living room and heard the sirens coming down the road and the car was very, very loud," said Donna Kraus, who saw the chase speed past her house Friday morning.
That forced the SUV to stop, the post stated. The driver and his passenger, identified as a 28-year-old woman from Brooklyn Park, were arrested.
The post states no injuries were reported in the incident.
A KSTP crew on the scene saw a damaged SUV near a playground with debris scattered outside it. Numerous law enforcement officers remained on the scene afterward.
Police scanner audio reveals one person almost got hit and the chase was close to being called off.
"He almost hit a pedestrian," an officer who seems to be in pursuit is heard saying.
"If there's any more dangerous stuff with pedestrians we will have to call the pursuit," a woman responds.
The Buffalo police chief said he's not commenting on the chase until he has more time to review what happened. The department provided 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS with a copy of its policy regarding chasing suspects. KSTP also obtained a copy of Wright County's policy, because their deputies assisted in the chase as well.
KSTP's Matt Belanger will have updates on the incident on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS beginning at 5 p.m. And stay tuned to KSTP.com for the latest details.
Updated: June 22, 2018 06:12 PM
Created: June 22, 2018 01:12 PM
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