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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.

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." 

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