Two Injured in Maple Grove Crash After Fleeing Police
Brooklyn Park police say they tried to stop a driver that they believe was impaired before the vehicle crashed into a tree near the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove.
According to Brooklyn Park police, officers tried to stop a vehicle at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday near Noble and 69th avenues north in the southern end of the city. Officers had observed the vehicle “driving erratically” on Brooklyn Boulevard.
Police say the driver wouldn’t pull over and headed west on 69th Avenue before traveling north on West Broadway. The driver eventually headed west on Highway 610 before exiting on a parkway near Elm Creek Park Reserve.
“At the top of the ramp, the suspect’s speed was too fast to negotiate the roundabout,” read a police alert.
The vehicle left the road and came to a stop when it struck a tree at high speeds, police said.
Brooklyn Park police say the driver “smelled heavily of alcohol” when removed from the vehicle.
The driver and passenger of the vehicle, both adults, were taken to the hospital for what police say are “significant injuries.” They were transported to an area hospital.
Maple Grove police and fire departments, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted Brooklyn Park police during the incident.