How sleeping in a stolen vehicle led to a 4-hour standoff that closed Hwy. 100

A 48-year-old man from St. Paul was taken into custody.
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The four-hour standoff that shut down Highway 100 in Edina on Saturday all started when police were called to a report of two people sleeping in a vehicle.

Hwy. 100 was closed for around four hours between Hwy. 62 and Excelsior Blvd. from around 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. Saturday, after a pickup driver rammed squad cars and fled police before crashing near the 50th Street ramp.

The incident began at 9:36 a.m. when police were called by a visitor to Bredesen Park in Edina, who reported two people sleeping inside a running four-door Chevy pickup.

Edina PD officers woke the pair and started a conversation, during which the passenger got out of the vehicle.

The driver, a 48-year-old man from St. Paul, instead became agitated and reversed his pickup, repeatedly ramming two squad cars to get out of the park.

A chase reaching speeds of 75 mph followed, heading along Olinger to Vernon avenues before ending as the driver tried to turn from Vernon to southbound Hwy. 100.

He lost control and hit a fence, before backing up and hitting another squad car. He was then pinned in by other squad cars but refused to exit, threatening officers by saying he had a weapon.

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A SWAT team and crisis negotiation team was called in while the surrounding streets were closed, as was Hwy. 100. The negotiations continued till just after 2 p.m, when the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

It turns out the pickup had been reported stolen from a lawn maintenance company in Rosemount in January.

Nobody was injured in the incident. The vehicle will be searched on Monday, after a warrant has been obtained, to determine if there was a gun inside.

BMTN doesn't typically name suspects until they have been charged.

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