Man leads Roseville Police on chase, crashes, runs into lake then drowns


An unidentified man is dead after he led Roseville Police on a bizarre three-mile chase on Saturday night.

KARE 11 reports the man sped away when police attempted to pull him over for a tail light violation. KMSP reports the car did not have license plates and appears to have been purchased in the last few days.

After briefly losing sight of the motorist, police found his crashed and abandoned vehicle near the intersection of Cleveland and County Road E2, and used a police dog to track him.

The trail led to Ferrel's Lake, where officers spotted the man in the lake. While they were trying to rescue him, he disappeared in the water. Officers saw the suspect about 50 yards from the shoreline. When he began struggling to stay afloat, four officers swam to the area and took turns diving and searching for the suspect in about 20 feet of muddy water. They called in a dive team after about five minutes.

The New Brighton and Lake Johanna Fire Department Water Rescue Teams recovered his body about 50 yards from shore. The body was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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