Skip to main content

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.

Today's Top Stories

– Woman wanted for smashing windows in Maplewood.

– Dayton blocks abortion bill in first veto of year.

– Sign up for our daily newsletters.

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.


Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.


The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.


Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.


Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.


Anthropologie shutters Grand Avenue store, opening planned for Rosedale Center

The popular holiday shopping weekend marked the last for customers of the Grand Avenue store.


Couple lead police on 100mph chase with 3 kids in car

They're suspected of shoplifting from a Kohl's.

Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 5.21.39 PM

Major police chase ends with body found in Maple Grove lake

Several police departments chased the suspect vehicle.

Charges: Man steals car with 3 year old in back seat

The man stole the vehicle from a gas station in St. Paul.

Image from iOS

1 injured, 1 in custody following shooting, police chase in Hopkins

The suspect was arrested following a police pursuit Sunday afternoon.

joseph heroff

Man charged in chase that ended with police fatally shooting suspect

The suspect who was shot has also been identified.

police lights

3 arrested following carjacking, police chase that started in Anoka

Two officers were brought to the hospital and multiple squad cars were damaged during the chase.

Bong Bridge, Duluth

Charges: Fugitive led police on 100 mph chase, jumped off highway bridge to escape

He was arrested later after he was spotted by a security guard.