Five people were injured – two seriously – when the driver of a stolen vehicle blew through a stop sign at a high rate of speed and crashed into another vehicle in Falcon Heights.
The collision, involving a vehicle that was reported stolen in St. Paul on Monday, happened around 12:25 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Arona St. and Hoyt Ave. W.
Police say the driver of the stolen vehicle took off speeding southbound on Arona St. after being confronted by people who suspected the driver and two passengers of stealing license plates.
"It is presumed they were in the process of putting a stolen license plate on the car," said the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.
A half-mile later the driver blew through a stop sign and collided with another vehicle, also slamming into a fire hydrant and a tree. The impact launched the fire hydrant approximately 80 feet.
Two of the five people injured in the crash suffered serious injuries, although police have not identified occupants, nor have they said which people suffered serious injuries.
The crash and auto theft remain under investigation. No further information has been released.