A 25-year-old Woodbury man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after he crashed his vehicle, which then started on fire.
The Cottage Grove Police Department posted the dramatic photos of the vehicle fire on Facebook Monday night, noting no one was injured, but the vehicle is a total loss.
Apparently a passerby reported seeing a vehicle in the ditch near Ravine Parkway and Keats Avenue in Cottage Grove just before 7:30 p.m. Monday, police said.
A spokesperson for the police department told GoMN the driver had gone off the roadway on 90th Street – about one-fourth of a mile from the crash site – and hit a mailbox, then continued east on 90th Street, crossing Keats Avenue and went off the roadway again on Ravine Parkway.
The caller said no one was in the vehicle, but it was on fire, and the flames were spreading to the grass, the post says.
When officers got to the scene, they tried to put out the blaze with some fire extinguishers, "but the fire was spreading too rapidly," the post says.
By the time the fire department got to the scene the vehicle was "fully engulfed," the post says. The fire was put out within 7 minutes of the fire department's arrival, police told GoMN.
Crews eventually put out the vehicle fire and contained the grass fire, which spanned a 10-foot by 10-foot area "at most," police told GoMN.
Police arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, with police telling GoMN the driver was still at or near the scene of the crash when police arrived.
The crash remains under investigation, and charges against the driver are pending the results of a drug test.