17-year-old hurt after chaseA high-speed chase with a juvenile driver in Alexandria Friday night ended in a crash with serious injuries.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
A high-speed chase with a juvenile driver in Alexandria Friday night ended in a crash with serious injuries.
Shortly before 7 p.m., Alexandria police officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a reported stolen vehicle.
The van 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 van, which rolled completely over, coming to rest on its wheels in the ditch.
North Ambulance transported the 17-year-old driver to Douglas County Hospital, where he was then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital via North Air Care.
Since then, the driver was released from the hospital, arrested and placed in a juvenile detention center in Moorhead. He was expected to be charged Tuesday.
Because he is a juvenile being charged with a crime, authorities are not required to release his name.
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.