Charges pending after Coon Rapids police chase

Felony charges are pending against a Coon Rapids man, 45, who led police on a pursuit that began in Coon Rapids and ended in Lino Lakes the evening of July 22.

The incident began shortly before 8 p.m. when Coon Rapids Police received a call from a woman stating that her husband had left home in his Dodge Ram truck with a 9 mm handgun and threatening suicide, according to the police report.

Police located him on northbound Hanson Boulevard near the railroad tracks, but instead of stopping, the man took off in his truck, allegedly went through five red traffic lights on Main Street in Coon Rapids, Blaine and Lino Lakes and damaged some police squad cars before a PIT maneuver by police stopped him in the parking lot of an elementary school.

Then he allegedly put the gun to his head and refused to get out of the vehicle or communicate with police, insisting that he wanted to talk to his wife.

Police tossed him a cell phone and he surrendered his weapon after speaking with his wife on the phone, according to the police report.

There was allegedly the presence of alcohol and police obtained a warrant for a blood sample to be taken from him for testing.

The pursuit lasted 12 miles and took nine minutes with speeds up at 100 mph, the police report alleges.

The man was arrested on probable cause felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, aggravated assault (for allegedly ramming a Coon Rapids Police SUV with an officer inside) and criminal damage to property (police vehicles).

The police officer in the SUV went to the hospital, where he was treated for back pain and released.

According to Capt. Paul Sommer, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office, the man was taken to the hospital where he remained as of Monday, July 28.

“No charges have been filed yet and the case is on hold,” Sommer said.

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