MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A crash in Minneapolis Thursday morning that followed a police chase after a reportedly stolen SUV left two people dead and three others hospitalized, authorities said.
Officers in the Robbinsdale suburb spotted a Mercedes SUV at around 2 a.m. that was reported stolen in Minneapolis and attempted to stop the vehicle, police said.
The driver accelerated and officers began a chase, police said. The chase moved from Robbinsdale in northeast Minneapolis, where the driver of the SUV lost control and crashed, splitting the vehicle in half, authorities said.
The five people in the vehicle were under 18, officers said. One was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash and the other four were taken to hospitals, where Robbinsdale police said a second person had died.
âCarjackings are on the increase, I think everyone knows that even in the western suburbs we have had an increase in carjackings, violent carjackings,â said Captain Robbinsdale John Kaczmarek. âObviously we are trying to stop these people from executing them. “
A State Patrol Reconstruction Team was called to the scene.
In July, an innocent motorist was killed as a Minneapolis police officer pursued a stolen vehicle. In that case, a prosecutor said the officer was driving nearly 80 mph (129 km / h) with his siren and lights on when his police car crashed into another vehicle. This officer was charged with manslaughter and homicide driving.
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