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Suspect in stolen taxi hits pedestrian, officer during pursuit in Minneapolis

He hit the pedestrian and then repositioned himself to run over the pedestrian again, police said.
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A 30-year-old man suspected of stealing a taxi in downtown Minneapolis and hitting an officer, pedestrian and squad cars during the pursuit has been arrested. 

Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder says the man stole a Blue and White Cab around 9:06 a.m. Thursday in the area of 9th Street and Nicollet Avenue. 

Police and the cab company used the taxi's GPS, which showed the suspect was driving at "very high speeds" in the area of West 69th Street and York Avenue before it headed back north toward Minneapolis. 

Police investigators in unmarked cars and "fully marked squads" headed to the area, with officers spotting the suspect at stoplights at West 50th Street and Xerxes Avenue South, where they attempted to pull him over. 

"The suspect put the vehicle in reverse and struck the car behind it. The stolen cab then accelerated rapidly striking an officer that was on foot and then hit a squad car and the victim’s car again," Elder said, noting the suspect then fled at a "high rate of speed."

The person in the vehicle was not injured and the officer who was struck has minor injuries, Elder said. 

The Minnesota State Patrol and air support were requested, and officers in marked squad cars pursued the taxi. 

"Pursuit assessment was conducted throughout the pursuit and, when the cab started driving on the bike path by Lake Harriet and the Rose Garden, officers called off the pursuit for public safety reasons," Elder said. 

A state patrol helicopter spotted the taxi and monitored the situation from above, seeing the suspect hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Portland Avenue and 18th Street.

"An update was given that the suspect vehicle stopped, backed up, repositioned his car and drove over the pedestrian again," Elder said.

Minneapolis Fire and EMS were dispatched to the area. The pedestrian, a man in his 30s, is in serious but stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center and is expected to survive his injuries. 

The suspect then made a U-turn and drove the wrong way on Portland Avenue before turning east onto 18th Street and Chicago. 

"Due to his egregious actions, officers attempted to box in the cab. The suspect rammed a squad car and continued eastbound to 11th Avenue and into downtown," Elder said. 

The state patrol helicopter lost sight of the cab "intermittently" due to buildings blocking their line of sight. Meanwhile, police squad cars pursued the suspect through downtown and into the underground parking ramp of the Federal Building at 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue South. 

"The cab drove through the metal doors and into the ramp, where he stopped because he reached a dead end," Elder said. 

He was arrested by police and taken into custody. He was booked into the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center and booked on probable cause criminal vehicular operation, probable cause theft of a motor vehicle, probable cause assault, probable cause fleeing a peace officer and probable cause damage to property. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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