Skip to main content

Fleeing suspect killed after causing 6-car pileup in Chaska

The dramatic scenes unfolded on Tuesday evening.

A fleeing suspect was killed in the Twin Cities on Tuesday evening after causing a pileup involving 6 vehicles.

Police began pursuing the suspect after receiving a report of a driver swerving on U.S. 212 in Carver County around 5:32 p.m., catching up with him on eastbound 212 at County Road 53 in Cologne, Minnesota.

The motorist, driving a 2008 BMW, accelerated when police approached, with the chase ending up on northbound Minnesota 41 in Chaska, where the suspect crashed into several other cars.

There were 6 vehicles involved in the crash including that of the suspect, who was severely injured and died as a result of his injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified him as James Charles Erickson, 40, of St. Paul. He was not wearing a seat belt. 

Several more people were taken to local hospitals for treatment for their injuries.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the incident. 

Follow Bring Me The News on Twitter for the latest news

Next Up

MoorheadMurderSuspect

Suspect in woman's killing in Moorhead is arrested

James Kollie Jr. was arrested Friday evening.

Jennifer Carnahan

Former chair Jennifer Carnahan sues Minnesota GOP, which is suing her back

Carnahan stepped down under a cloud of controversy in August 2021.

Minneapolis Fire Department

One injured after leaping from burning vacant building in Minneapolis

Authorities say the building is known to be used by squatters.

ambulance

Head-on crash leaves two drivers dead in southeastern Minnesota

The crash happened in Houston County just before 4 p.m. Friday.

ConellHarris

Charges: Armed man made death threats at Minneapolis LGBTQ bar

The man allegedly used derogatory terms while threatening to kill someone.

image

FDA pulls last COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment as new variants rise

A therapy used to treat more than 11,000 Minnesotans is no longer authorized amid a surge in the latest COVID-19 variants.

Austin Robert LeClaire

Charges: Plymouth man shot girlfriend in head after birthday party

The 23-year-old victim is in critical condition as of Friday.

image

State announces $2.5M in grants for child care providers

Child care providers in roughly a dozen communities will receive funds to help grow the supply of affordable, quality child care.

image

Probe of Golden Valley police uncovers racism, alleged misconduct

One officer was terminated for alleged racist comments and violations of state law.

blowing snow

Blowing snow Friday in Minnesota; will it snow next week?

Winds could gust up to 50 mph Friday afternoon and night.

Deer hunting blaze orange

To combat CWD, late-season deer hunting announced for 9 areas of MN

The special hunts will be held between Dec. 16 and 18.

covid

COVID levels rising in wastewater; BQ.1 now dominant

BQ.1 is the new dominant subvariant in Twin Cities wastewater.

Related

Women drowned in Chaska pond after car crash, police find

The two Shakopee women died in the early hours of Oct. 13.

police lights

Charges: Man fleeing deputies slammed into car, killing married couple

He's accused of fleeing the scene of a meeting with undercover deputies.

Motorcyclist killed by fleeing suspect ID'd as Stillwater father-of-two

The 39-year-old was out for a ride on Saturday afternoon.

Chaska man killed in snowmobile crash in northern Minnesota

The snowmobiler tried to cross Hwy. 169 and was struck by a vehicle.

Suspect strikes Mounds View officer in squad car after fleeing

The suspect faces multiple felony charges, according to the department.

Screen Shot 2021-04-25 at 6.17.17 PM

Wrong-way driver fleeing cops caused head-on crash that closed I-35W

The crash happened on the northbound lanes of I-35W near 82nd Street.