Police: Serious Crash Caused By Teenage Runaways

February 22, 2018 10:03 PM

Police said a mother and her young daughter survived a serious crash Thursday morning in Inver Grove Heights.

Investigators said the incident started when six teens - believed to be runaways from South Dakota - stole a pick-up truck at an Eagan gas station.


Officers spotted the truck and a chase ensued until police ended their pursuit because they said the teens started driving on the wrong side of Highway 55.

Eventually, officers said the teens crashed into a vehicle with the mother and her infant daughter inside at the intersection of 80th Street and Barnes Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.

"I'm glad that the officers discontinued the pursuit, but it's unfortunate that (the juveniles) kept going at the crazy, breakneck rate of speed that they were traveling and struck this other vehicle," Inver Grove Heights police chief Paul Schnell said.

According to police, the infant was not hurt. The mother was, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Four of the six teens were also taken to the hospital, all with non life-threatening injuries. 

Police arrested the 15-year-old driver of the stolen truck on probable cause charges of criminal vehicular operation, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and possession of stolen property.

They said results of their investigation will be forwarded to the Dakota County Attorney's Office for review and consideration of formal charges.


Josh Rosenthal

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