One man is dead after a short police chase in north Minneapolis early Wednesday morning. According to Minneapolis police, around 2:10 a.m. officers noticed a vehicle weaving all over the road on the 3500 block of Penn Avenue.
When officers approached the vehicle, the suspect refused to acknowledge them or roll down the window.
Police said the suspect then took off southbound on Penn Avenue driving at a high rate of speed.
“Witnesses state that the suspect vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed,” Minneapolis Police Public Information Officer John Elder said. “As officers were coming toward the suspect vehicle, the driver was swerving almost into the officer’s lane. The officers did make a comment that they felt that possibly that person was going to head-on crash into the squad car.”
While fleeing police, the suspect hit a minivan on west Broadway Avenue that was attempting to turn onto Penn Avenue. After hitting the van, the suspect’s car went into the air and hit a building. The driver was ejected from the car.
The suspect, an adult male, was declared dead on the scene. His identity has not yet been released.
The driver in the van was not injured.
The commercial building sustained minor damage from the accident.
The intersection at west Broadway Avenue and Penn Avenue was blocked off throughout the morning. It is now reopen. The Minnesota State patrol and the Minneapolis Police Department continue to investigate this incident.