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.

Next Up

police tape, crime scene

Police: Man dies after breaking window during domestic assault in St. Paul

The man's official cause of death will be ruled by a medical examiner.

Rep. Joe McDonald

'No respect': MN lawmaker shows up to debate in pirate costume

He was called out on Twitter by Rep. Kaohly Vang Her.

Rocco Baldelli

Twins-Athletics postponed for Monday amid COVID issues

The Twins are hoping to play a doubleheader with the A's on Tuesday.

Rep. Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters speaks in Brooklyn Center, draws ire of right-wing media

The congresswoman visited protesters Saturday night.

Justin Fields

5 quarterbacks the Vikings could select in the 2021 NFL Draft

Will the Vikings get a successor for Kirk Cousins?

Chet Holmgren

ESPN to televise Chet Holmgren's college decision on Monday

Holmgren has narrowed his list of suitors to seven schools.