Driver Arrested After Wrong-Way Crash on I-35 ID'd, Sustained Head Injury

Driver Arrested After Wrong-Way Crash on I-35 ID'd, Sustained Head Injury Photo: KSTP

January 02, 2018 06:42 PM

The Minnesota State Patrol says a St. Paul man struck a median barrier with his vehicle Monday night on Interstate 35 before he was turned around, drove the wrong way, crashed head-on into another vehicle and fled on foot.

The man, 53-year-old Jose Rolando Mancia, was later found and arrested. He sustained a head injury and was transported via ambulance, the State Patrol report said. 


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Mancia's vehicle had been northbound on I-35 near East Viking Boulevard in Chisago County when it struck a cable barrier in the median, the report says.

He then allegedly drove southbound in the same lanes of traffic and struck a northbound vehicle driven by an 80-year-old man and carrying a 77-year-old female passenger.

Both occupants of the other vehicle were taken via ambulance to Regions Hospital with possible injuries, the State Patrol report says. Both were wearing seat belts.

Mancia fled the scene after the crash, authorities say. Wyoming police on Monday said a Chisago County K-9 unit and a State Patrol helicopter were called to assist in the search. 

He was later located and arrested. The State Patrol report indicates the head injury could be serious. It was unclear whether Mancia had been wearing a seat belt.

He underwent an alcohol test, the results of which are pending. 


Michael Oakes

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