All lanes of Highway 169 in north metro reopened after chase ends

All lanes of Highway 169 in north metro reopened after chase ends Photo: MnDOT

January 02, 2019 07:17 PM

Highway 169 in the north metro was reduced to one lane for a time as authorities investigated a traffic incident Wednesday afternoon, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The lane closure was in effect from Miller Road in Champlin to Rice Street in Anoka, including the bridge over the Mississippi River. But a tweet from the Anoka Police Department later in the afternoon said the road had reopened.


The Wright County Sheriff's Department said the incident began with a shoplifting complaint at the Mills Fleet Farm in Monticello around 1:50 p.m. Deputies attempted a traffic stop of the suspect's vehicle on Interstate 94, but the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit was terminated a few minutes later as it approached a more populated area.

Around 13 minutes later, another Wright County deputy spotted the vehicle in Otsego. Another stop was attempted and the vehicle again fled, continuing into Hennepin County near the city of Dayton.

Other agencies continued the pursuit and the Champlin Police Department said one of their officers utilized a PIT maneuver, ending the chase. The vehicle was reportedly occupied by three adult males and an adult female. All four were transported to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids as a precautionary measure.

According to the Champlin police, two of the occupants were arrested on outstanding warrants.

The matter remains under investigation. 

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