September 17, 2007

No charges filed after chase through Delano

By Matt Kane
Staff Writer

A police chase that started just west of Maple Plain and ended in Delano Tuesday night resulted in no arrests.

Apparently, a 55-year-old man from Bloomington was suffering a medical condition when he led West Hennepin Public Safety Department officers Stephanie Heupel and Ben Raskin on a sometimes high-speed chase west on Highway 12.

The chase finally came to an end when officer Heupel performed a Pursuit Intervention Tactic (PIT), just before the bridge that crossed the Crow River in Delano.

“Officer Heupel performed the PIT maneuver to perfection and the vehicle came to a rest in the parking lot of the Old McCoy’s gas station,” said West Hennepin Public Safety Department Sgt. Gary Kroell in a press release. “No innocent civilians, police officers or the driver of this incident were injured.”

According to witnesses, the pursued vehicle tipped on one side before it came to a rest on its wheels in the ditch that separates Highway 12 from the paved lot where McCoy’s once stood.

The press release said the 1999 Honda Accord the Bloomington man was driving crossed the center line of Highway 12 several times and fluctuated its speed from 38 to 60 mph.

Officer Heupel attempted to stop the driver by using the siren and red lights on her cruiser, and said the driver looked back at her several times during the pursuit, but received no cooperation from the driver.

The report did not disclose the driver’s name or his condition. He was treated by Ridgeview Medical Center paramedics and Delano Fire and Rescue. Also responding to the incident were the Orono Police Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

Jen Bakken contributed to this story.

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