Suspect accused of three-car crash in NE Minneapolis that injured six people in custody

Police say drugs could be a factor

Sloane Martin
January 21, 2019 - 4:24 pm

Six people were injured in a three-car crash in northeast Minneapolis Monday afternoon and police say impairment may be a factor.

It started around noon when police in north Minneapolis noticed a car driving recklessly. The driver took off when they attempted a traffic stop, but the officers called off the pursuit when they lost sight of the vehicle.

Not long after as they were heading back to report the incident, the officers were called to the intersection of 17th AVenue NE and University Avenue NE for the report of a crash.
Witnesses told police at the scene that the suspect vehicle entered against a red light and struck a Honda Element, which was pushed into another car stopped at the light.

"We have a total of six people injured, all with non-life threatening injuries," Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder said. "The suspect driver has been taken into custody. While searching that individual they came up with what appears to be a narcotic, so this may be a DUI situation as well."

Pictures from the scene showed two of the cars with significant damage. Three people were in the suspect vehicle, two were in the Element and one was in the third vehicle.

"We have a number of charges that may be pending," Elder said, "including the person being booked into the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center for probable cause narcotics and probable cause criminal vehicular operation."

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