High-speed chase in Alexandria ends with crash; 17-year-old driver seriously injured
By Staff Report
Alexandria Echo Press
A high-speed chase with a juvenile driver in Alexandria last night ended in a crash with serious injuries.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, Alexandria Police Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle.
The vehicle had been reported stolen from a residence in the city of Alexandria about 15 minutes before police officers located it.
The driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old white male, the lone occupant, refused to stop and led the police on a high-speed chase.
The vehicle pursuit began on Hazel Hill road near Lake Victoria and then proceeded into Douglas County, ending on County Road 77, about one-half mile east of County Road 17.
The chase lasted approximately 10 minutes and reached speeds of between 70 and 80 miles per hour, according to the police report.
Due to the excessive speeds while driving on the gravel road, the driver of the vehicle lost control of the stolen vehicle, which rolled completely over, coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch.
North Ambulance transported the 17-year-old male to Douglas County Hospital, where he was then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital via North Air Care. The suspect was wearing his seat belt, according to authorities.
Authorities learned through further investigation that the suspect had been reported as a juvenile runaway from the city of Alexandria the day before, on March 18.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol assisted the Alexandria Police Department.