Suspect leads police on 6-mile pursuit

Contributing Writer

A man, allegedly driving drunk, led Coon Rapids Police on a 6-mile pursuit the early hours of July 18 before being stopped,

Lawrence David Crosno, 42, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges – first-degree DWI and fleeing police in a motor vehicle. Bail was set at $150,000 and Crosno’s next court appearance is Aug. 17.

According to court documents, Crosno has two prior felony DWI convictions, one in 2006 and the other in 2010, for which he served prison time.

Just before 1 a.m. July 18, a Coon Rapids Police officer parked his marked squad car after spotting a vehicle with a broken driver’s side window in the parking lot of an apartment building on the 9900 block of University Avenue and finding that the registered owner had a felony arrest warrant.

After about 10 minutes, the vehicle left the parking lot with tires squealing and was clocked by the officer traveling at 58 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, but when the officer caught up with the car and tried to stop it on the ramp to go eastbound on Highway 10, it sped off, the complaint alleges.

The pursuit at speeds up to 100 mph lasted six miles before officers executed a PIT maneuver at the intersection of University and 101st avenues, two of them boxing in the vehicle while another officer in a squad driving toward it, according to the complaint.

But the suspect allegedly broke free, accelerated, drove straight at the squad and crashed into it.

The driver, identified as Crosno, allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes.

Police obtained a warrant for legal blood to be taken at the hospital, according to the complaint.

Four squad cars were damaged in the pursuit, the Coon Rapids Police report states.




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