Officer injured when driver fleeing police rams squad car, another vehicle


An officer was taken to the hospital following a police pursuit that ended when a van crashed into a Wayzata police cruiser and another vehicle Thursday morning.

A 63-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident, according to Hennepin County Jail records. He has not been charged.

The area was described as a "real mess," the Star Tribune says, as the suspect, in a white van, collided with a Wayzata police cruiser on Gleason Lake Drive, near a Highway 12/Interstate 394 exit ramp following a police chase that began before 7 a.m. Thursday,��KARE 11 says.

Began as suspicious person report

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that the incident began Thursday morning when police received a call about a suspicious person in a driveway on Barry Avenue South.

The woman who reported the man in her driveway spoke to FOX 9. She told the news station she saw him take an ax out of a vehicle head into her backyard. She said he also had a machete.

An officer responding to the report attempted to stop the man's vehicle around 6:40 a.m., but the suspect backed into the officers squad car several times and took off, the Star Tribune notes.

The van continued, leading police on a chase down Gleason Lake Drive where the suspect hit another vehicle before slamming into a second Wayzata police cruiser, injuring an officer, reports note.

The officer was then transported to North Memorial Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released, Lakeshore Weekly News notes. The woman who was driving the car that was also hit was not injured, KSTP notes.

Officials shut down part of Highway 15/Gleason Lake Drive near Highway 12, where the police chase ended around 7 a.m. Thursday. Police also closed the nearby exit ramp from Interstate 394/Highway 12 to Highway 15 in Wayzata due to law enforcement activity, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says. The ramp reopened just before 11:30 a.m.

Multiple agencies, including Wayzata, Minnetonka and Orono police, as well as the state patrol, assisted in Thursday's investigation. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, reports note.

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The Wayzata Police Department, which employs 12 sworn police officers, serves the communities of Wayzata and neighboring Long Lake, according to the department's website.

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