Man tries to flee police in stolen tow truck

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

A man trying to flee police in a stolen tow truck was arrested this afternoon in Coon Rapids.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a GPS tracking device in the truck enabled authorities to locate the truck at 1:40 p.m. May 10 as it headed west on Highway 10 out of Anoka County into Sherburne County.

An unmarked state patrol vehicle located the truck and called for back-up. The man driving the stolen tow truck made a U-turn in Elk River and headed east on Highway 10 back to Anoka County.

Police deployed stop-sticks to puncture the tires. A state trooper managed to get the truck off the road. It hit a freeway wall at Foley Boulevard on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids. The chase ended at 2:17 p.m.

The suspect driver was arrested and was taken to the hospital for a blood draw, but was not injured, according to Minnesota State Patrol spokesperson Lt. Tiffani Nelson.

The suspect will be booked at the Sherburne County Jail.

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