Blaine crash, driver’s death remain under investigation

Blaine police and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating an early morning vehicle accident that ended with a dead driver and a damaged home.

The name of the 31-year-old male driver who crashed in to a house in the 10400 block of Terrace Road N.E. early this morning (Friday, June 29) will be released after the Anoka County Medical Examiner notifies the man’s relatives.

According to an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office news release issued at 6 a.m. this morning, the man was found dead inside a white, four-door SUV after it crashed and cut the Blaine home’s natural gas line.

The incident began around 2:30 a.m., when Blaine police officers received a 911 call from the area of 107th Avenue and President Drive N.E.

A woman reported seeing a man looking through cars in the neighborhood.

The news release stated the 911 caller told dispatchers she saw a man getting into the white SUV and drive away from the area.

When police officers arrived in the area of 109th Avenue and Terrace Road N.E., they saw a vehicle matching the one described by the woman. When a patrol officer turned on the vehicle to investigate, the SUV sped away abruptely.

The Blaine police officer lost sight of the SUV as it sped away to the south on Terrace Road and 109th, but saw a cloud of dust and smoke ahead and discovered the SUV had left the street and crashed into the two-story home.

Two people sleeping upstairs were awakened by the crash and were able to escape the home without injury, the news release stated.

Crews from the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department had a tow truck pull the SUV out of the home after the natural gas was shut off and the leak secured.

The driver’s death remains under investigation by the Blaine Police Department, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office, the news release stated.

“We had a suspicious call and went into the area,” said Capt. Kerry Fenner with the Blaine Police Department Friday morning. “The driver saw us, and took off. We did pursue him, but he took off long before we initiated anything. The officer was so far behind the vehicle that he didn’t even see or hear the crash.”

Tim Hennagir is at tim.hennagir@ecm-inc.com

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