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Driver ID'd after high-speed pursuit; wanted in St. Louis Park rape, kidnapping case

Updated: November 14, 2019 10:32 AM

A wild car chase caught on camera ended in a crash in Wisconsin.

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KSTP picked up the chase in progress shortly after 1 p.m. on the MnDOT traffic cameras on Highway 36 near Interstate 694.

A dark pickup truck was seen swerving in and out of traffic, narrowly missing dozens of cars. Several minutes later, the truck crossed the centerline of Highway 36 and was driving directly into traffic as it headed toward Stillwater.

Cameras caught various law enforcement vehicles in pursuit, attempting on at least two occasions to use roadside stop sticks. The driver evaded the tire-puncturing devices each time as it crossed over the new bridge spanning the St. Croix from Stillwater into Wisconsin.

A law enforcement source confirmed to KSTP the suspect has been identified as Jeffrey Morgan Groves, 51.

KSTP crews were en route to Wisconsin when the truck drove onto Interstate 94 in Hudson, once again driving head-on into traffic the wrong way.

Cameras captured the truck as it took the WI 35 exit south toward River Falls.

Around 2:15 p.m., a KSTP crew reached the scene where a multi-car crash took place moments before. The KSTP crew could see the truck that appeared to be the vehicle from the chase had crashed and appeared to roll off the side of the highway.

St. Louis Park Police said a woman reported that a man had broken into her home overnight on Nov. 3, adding that she'd been sexually assaulted by the suspect, who also forced her to go to two ATMs in the metro area and forced her to withdraw cash for him.

A law enforcement source tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the chase started at Highway 61 and Interstate 494 when the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force tried to execute an arrest warrant on that suspect Wednesday in Newport, Minnesota. 

The suspect fled with U.S. marshals in pursuit.

Those involved in the chase included U.S. Marshals, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, the North Hudson Police Department and the Hudson Police Department. A news release from the U.S. Marshals Service said the crash ended with a pit maneuver in Hudson, Wisconsin.

The suspect was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, but police said he's in custody for probable cause burglary, criminal sexual conduct and unrelated Ramsey County warrants. Investigators will work with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office on issuing formal criminal charges.

A KSTP reporter on scene captured images of the aftermath.

*Editor's Note: KSTP.com has since corrected the location of the crash from the east metro to western Wisconsin.

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