Crash that closed Hwy. 65 followed chase that started at Walmart

Three occupants of the SUV were injured.
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Blaine Police Department says that three occupants of an SUV were injured in the rollover crash that followed a chase in the north metro Monday morning.

Highway 65 was still closed southbound at 9 a.m., having been shut down for more than three hours following the crash, which came after police carried out a PIT maneuver to stop the fleeing vehicle.

Blaine PD says the chase started at the Walmart store on Ulysses Street NE, where they'd received a report of a suspicious male walking the parking lot looking into vehicles.

They were then told that the man was seen driving in the area, with officers learning that the vehicle was stolen.

A chase ensured, ending with the rollover crash. The driver and two others in the car were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Original story

Highway 65 in Blaine has been closed southbound for more than two hours after a crash on Monday morning.

The incident was reported shortly before 6 a.m., and as of 8 a.m. the road is still blocked at 117th Avenue North.

Emergency dispatch audio cited by the Star Tribune says that the vehicle driver involved was being chased by police, and crashed while fleeing attempts to pull the driver over.

There have been several emergency vehicles sent to the scene, including an ambulance and a fire appliance that is blocking the road.

Multiple police squad cars have also been on the scene. The crash has caused significant backups on Hwy. 65.

There are no details yet as to any injuries.

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