Police have arrested a St. Paul man in connection with a hit-and-run in which a motorcyclist was knocked off his bike.
Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen confirmed that a 45-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of 2nd degree assault in Credit River Township, between Lakeville and Prior Lake, on Apr. 29.
The incident left Grant Skluzacek, 18, of Prior Lake, with a fractured wrist and road rash, but it could have been much worse considering his motorcycle helmet as dented.
He described the sinister series of events that led up to the crash, noting that a Honda car had followed him for several miles before the driver turned the headlights off, dropped back and then accelerated sharply into his bike.
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The teenager's bike was a total write-off, with the driver fleeing the scene.
Hennen said he understands people will have questions about what sparked the incident, but more details will be released should the suspect be charged.
"We are confident that this arrest will provide the resolution in this case that the victim deserves," he said.
There has been a sharp rise in hit-and-run crashes in America, with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety noting 2,049 people were killed in crashes where at least one party left the scene in 2016.
In Minnesota, 18 hit-and-run deaths were reported in 2016, the Star Tribune notes.