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4 police cars damaged, motorist injured in chase of fugitive

The suspect was wanted by the Department of Corrections.

The chase of a fugitive wanted by prison authorities resulted in damage to four squad cars and an injury to another motorist.

The Tuesday morning chase cut a route through Carver and McLeod counties in the western metro, after police began pursuit of a man suspected of stealing a car from Shakopee Monday afternoon.

They learned that the suspect, 37-year-old Vernon Terry Surratt, of Coon Rapids, was a fugitive wanted by the Department of Corrections.

During the chase, which mostly took place on Minnesota 7 in the Lester Prairie area, Surratt evaded several attempts by police to deploy tire deflation devices.

But the pursuit came to an end when Surratt, trying to evade another set of the spikes, lost control of his car and collided with a vehicle at the Minnewashta Parkway intersection of MN 7.

The driver, a 42-year-old woman from Shorewood, required medical treatment in Chaska.

The crash left Surratt boxed in by squad cars, and he was taken into custody without incident.

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The Carver County Sheriff's Office said that four of its squad cars were damaged in the incident – though none of them came into contact with Surratt's vehicle.

One hit a tire deflation device, three were damaged when attempting to box Surratt in.

A passenger in the stolen vehicle, a 34 year old from Minneapolis, was released without charge, having had "no involvement in this incident other than being a passenger."

Surratt's DOC page shows he was on intensive supervised release as of Apr. 23, having previously been convicted of weapons offenses.

He is in custody at Carver County Jail pending formal charges.

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