KARE 11 anchor Alicia Lewis' tires flattened by police stop sticks on I-394

Minnetonka police were assisting Orono cops in pursuit of a suspect.
Publish date:

Alicia Lewis knew something strange was going on when she was forced to pull to the side of the interstate with three flat tires early Friday morning. 

The KARE 11 "Sunrise" anchor/reporter was on her way to work in Golden Valley when three tires flattened on I-394 eastbound, she said in a tweet. 

A short time later, Lewis learned that potholes weren't to blame for the damage. Instead, it was a set of police stop sticks that she ran over as she pulled over to let squad cars through.

"I ran over a spike strip! Police were looking for a suspect this morning!" Lewis wrote.

According to Minnetonka Police Department, officers deployed the stop sticks while assisting Orono Police Department's pursuit of a suspect. They tell Bring Me The News that the stop sticks were on the side of the road when Lewis drove over them. 

"I just got off the phone with Chief Scott Boerboom of the Minnetonka Police Department and he said there was a police pursuit right behind me on 394 early this morning," Lewis said in a Facebook post.

"I had squads with lights on behind me so I pulled over to the shoulder. The officers had spike strips they were about to deploy for the suspect along the shoulder. I happened to run them over after I pulled to the side for the squads to pass me.

"It was just a strange mishap that normally doesn’t happen! They thanked me for following the rules and pulling over. They also apologized and will refund me at some point." 

Next Up

police lights

Shelter-in-place in Albert Lea after police officer shot in the chest

The officer was able to drive himself to an emergency room.


St. Paul officer shoots man who got out of dumpster, ran towards police

A report says the man was naked and had a steak knife.

Screen Shot 2020-11-28 at 6.58.11 PM

Gophers dominate second half to defeat Loyola-Marymount

Marcus Carr scored 26 to send the Gophers to 2-0.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Kandiyohi Co. man airlifted after hand caught in corn picker

Corn pickers are a common cause of farm accidents.

White tail deer

DNR: Passenger shot at deer out of driver's side window

The DNR said 'all sense of safety was disregarded.'

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Mpls council proposal would cut nearly $8M from 2021 police budget

The "Safety for All Budget Plan" was introduced Friday.

Shayne Munich

Man reported missing in Minneapolis found safe Saturday

Shayne Munich is described as a vulnerable adult.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 6.26.50 PM

Minnesota nurse's story about her battle with COVID-19 goes viral

A month later, Ashley Walter is on a hard road to recovery.


Chris Hrapsky

KARE 11 reporter to make the step up to the anchor desk

The Wisconsin native will be part of the weekend anchor team.

Police: Woman steals squad car, flees on I-94, bites trooper

She stole the deputy's vehicle and fled westbound on I-94 near Monticello.

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 7.43.43 PM

Sports anchor Ryan Shaver is leaving KARE 11

He's the son of long-serving news anchor Randy Shaver.

Suspect flees at more than 100 mph going wrong way on I-35

The suspect also rammed a squad car in the overnight pursuit.

Willmar Police Department

Suspect backs into squad car, injuring Willmar police officer

There were two kids in the stolen suspect vehicle.

Lou Raguse

KARE 11 reporter Lou Raguse harassed again while covering protest

It's the second time in a week that Raguse has been targeted.