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Runaway camper: Driver leads police on chase before crashing

Updated: July 15, 2019 09:03 PM

An SUV pulling a camper led police and Minnesota State Troopers on a pursuit before flipping Friday night. The suspect has been identified by the Anoka Police Department as John Clarence Hurd, 49, of Fridley.

It happened on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids, just north of the Highway 47/Highway 610 interchange, at around 8:20 p.m.

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The SUV pulling the camper was headed east on Highway 10, followed by five squads.

As the SUV approached Egret Boulevard, it swerved and the camper tipped, ending the pursuit. The driver was then seen on traffic cameras exiting the vehicle and surrendering to authorities.

The crash closed the roadway and led to a large traffic backup, but by 8:40 p.m. one lane was open and traffic was moving again.

Anoka Police said the incident originally started as a traffic stop in front a gas station near East River Road at about 8:02 p.m. A few minutes later, the vehicle took off, starting the pursuit.

It ended after stops sticks were deployed on Highway 10, which led to the crash and the camper tipping.

Following the pursuit, the driver was taken to a hospital. Police didn't have any details on injuries.

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