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St. Paul Man Tries to Avoid PIT Maneuver during Chase, Hits Trooper Squad

Updated: 07/20/2014 1:22 PM
Created: 07/20/2014 1:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A 28-year-old man hit a Minnesota State Patrol squad car as he was trying to avoid a PIT maneuver on Highway 5 in St. Paul on Sunday morning.

The incident happened on the highway near Walnut Street at 4:45 a.m.

Sheerah Pommier of St. Paul was driving a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix that was being pursued by law enforcement, according to the state patrol.

At some point, the state patrol attempted a PIT maneuver. Pommier attempted to steer out of it, but instead made a 180-degree turn and hit the squad car.

Pommier was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with a non-life threatening injury.

James Swanson of Oakdale was also involved in the crash, but was not injured.

The St. Paul Police Department assisted the state patrol.


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