AVON — A 38-year-old Garryowen, Montana man was arrested after crashing a stolen tractor-trailer into a ditch Thursday while being chased by police on Interstate 94.
Reports were received around 12:19 p.m. Thursday of a stolen white semi-tractor towing a 44ft flatbed trailer with a forklift on it. It was reported stolen from a parking lot in Fridley and the owner of the vehicle was following it, according to a press release from Avon Police Chief Corey Nellis.
As information came in, Stearns County area agencies stepped in to locate the stolen vehicle, including the Avon Police Department.
According to the release, the vehicle was on I-94 near the Stearns County Road 2 exit near St. Joseph. Avon police and other agencies attempted a traffic stop, but the driver of the stolen tractor-trailer refused to stop and continued driving westbound on I-94.
Officers deployed stop sticks just before reaching the New Munich exit. According to the statement, a front tire of the stolen vehicle exploded and the driver lost control of the tractor-trailer, driving into a ditch.
Officers conducted a criminal traffic stop and the driver was arrested without incident. According to the statement, no weapons were used by officers or the driver. Neither the police nor the driver were injured.
No other vehicles were involved, the statement said.
The driver showed signs of being intoxicated, the statement said, and was being treated during the investigation for impaired driving. He remained in custody at the Stearns County Jail on Saturday.
Multiple charges were being reviewed by the Stearns County District Attorney’s Office, the statement said, and court records show felony fleeing from a peace officer in a motor vehicle, motor vehicle theft and two counts impaired driving offence.
The Avon Police Department was assisted in the incident by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, and police departments in Albany, Belgrade, Melrose, Sauk Center, and St. Joseph. . The Fridley Police Department is also actively investigating, the statement said.