Motorcyclist being pursued by police dies in crash

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A motorcyclist who was being pursued by police died in a crash early Monday.

The St. Paul Police Department says Michael John Hagemann, 38, of St. Paul, was driving recklessly on westbound Maryland Avenue East around 2 a.m. Monday.

When an officer attempted to pull Hagemann over, he turned down nearby Arkwright Street and "accelerated away from the officer," who quickly "lost sight" of the motorcyclist.

Police eventually located the motorcycle off the road near the intersection of Case Avenue East and Clark Street. Hagemann was found nearby, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman, told the Pioneer Press the entire incident lasted one to two minutes.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the crash and if drugs or alcohol were factors, an email news release says.

2 injured in separate motorcycle crashes Sunday

Two people were injured in separate motorcycle crashes on Sunday.

A 65-year-old man was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital after hitting a deer while on his motorcycle. Allen Berg was going south on County Road 27 near Brooten around 3 p.m. Sunday when he hit the animal, then lost control and crashed into a ditch, the Stearns County Sheriff's Office says.

Berg, who wasn't wearing a helmet, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

In another incident, 27-year-old Benjamin Rossow also ended up in a ditch. The Meeker County Sheriff's Office said in an email news release that he was traveling east on 240th Street when he went through a stop sign and nearly hit another vehicle, before he lost control of the motorcycle and went into the ditch.

He was also taken to St. Cloud Hospital. His condition hasn't been released.

Preliminary numbers show there were 61 motorcycle fatalities in 2015, that's up from 44 fatalities in 2014, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says.

The agency says more than half of all motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle events, with unsafe speed being the contributing factor in crashes.

So far this year, 161 people have been killed in crashes on Minnesota roads, statistics show. At this time last year, there were 171 traffic fatalities.

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