Man Who Drowned after Roseville Police Chase ID'd
Andrew Paul Heim
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Authorities have identified a man who drowned while hiding in a swampy area after leading Roseville police on a high-speed chase Saturday night.
The chase started when police tried to pull over 37-year-old Andrew Paul Heim during a routine traffic stop for a broken tail light around 9:30 p.m., authorities said.
The vehicle initially slowed down and pulled to the shoulder but then accelerated, police said. Heim, who was driving a 2002 BMW 530iA sedan, increased speed and headed north on Cleveland Avenue and Oakcrest Avenue for about three miles.
Officers lost sight of the car as it approached a "T" intersection at County Road E2.
The chase ended at Cleveland Avenue and County Road E2 in Arden Hills when the suspect's vehicle failed to negotiate the "T" intersection and crashed into the woods, south of Farrels Lake, according to police. Police found the vehicle abandoned.
A K-9 led officers to the southern shoreline of Farrels Lake.
Officers could hear movement in the lake. When they shined light on the lake, police found the suspect about 40 yards from the shoreline, according to police.
The suspect refused to comply with officers and responded back with expletives, police reported. When police saw him struggling to stay afloat, four officers tried to save him. They swam about 40 yards to the location where he was last seen.
For about five minutes, police took turns diving to the bottom of the lake, according to police. The area was about 20 feet deep. Police returned to the shoreline and called in dive teams.
About 10:15 p.m., the New Brighton and Lake Johanna Fire Department Water Rescue Teams pulled the man from the water. He was rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Heim, of Minneapolis, died from drowning, according to a report by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. Heim's toxicology results will not be available for several weeks.
Heim's driving status at the time of the pursuit was suspended effective March 29, 2013, for failing to appear or pay fines, according to state records. Heim was on probation in Hennepin County for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, and driving while under the influence of a controlled substance.
Heim's criminal history includes convictions for driving while under the influence, felony narcotics and burglary in Wisconsin, as well as probation violations, police reported.
The BMW he was driving appears to have been recently purchased in Maple Grove, and was registered with a 21-day temporary permit, according to police. Officers later found a large quantity of oxycodone near the driver's seat in Heim's vehicle.
The Roseville Police Department is continuing to investigate.
If Heim had stopped instead of fleeing from police, he would've likely been arrested for probable cause felony narcotics, according to police. He could have faced a fifth-degree felony controlled substance charge, and served up to five years in prison if convicted.
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