(UPDATED) AUDIO LINK: High-Speed Police Chase through Fridley Early Thursday
Going as fast as 100 mph, suspects made it from Elk River to northeast Minneapolis in less than half an hour before police stopped them, according to reports at Police Clips.
The chase started in Elk River, according to Police Clips, and ended in St. Anthony or northeast Minneapolis at about 1:55 a.m. Thursday.
If you were awakened by a helicopter in the middle of the night, this might have been the reason.
"Speeds of 100 mph"
"Did the suspect hit the sticks?"
"I don't believe he did."
"At the eastbound 94/694 split"
"Speeds still 100 miles per hour"
"Sticks on EB 94"
But the suspect vehicle took I-694 east instead, heading into Fridley.
"Got off at University exit ... through red light on University .. Back on EB 694"
"Right lane, right lane 694
"Any other vehicles? (Answer: No)"
"Still EB 694 coming into New Brighton"
"Southbound Silver Lake Road"
"Just crossed Seventh, speeds of 70, still southbound Silver Lake Road"
"No southbound traffic"
"Crossing Cty Rd E"
"Crossing Silver Lane"
The third audio clip has the conclusion of the pursuit.
Update (9:15 a.m. Thursday): The Fridley Police Department was not involved in this incident, according to Lt. Mike Monsrud. Check back for an update from the Minnesota State Patrol.
Update (10:15 a.m. Thursday): The Wright County Sheriff's Office told St. Michael Patch that their officers were not involved either. A Fox 9 report confirms a comment from the first audio clip—"This was initially for traffic, correct?":
The chase started when officers tried to make a traffic stop on Highway 10 in Sherburne County. ... The chase carved [a] path from Highway 10 to Highway 101 to Highway 36 to Interstate 94 to Interstate 694 to Silver Lake Road before ending on the 2500 block of Kenzie Terrace in St. Anthony.
Update (3:15 p.m. Thursday): Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske clarified his agency's involvement in the incident, via email:
We were not involved in the pursuit on the ground however our helicopter monitored it from the air.
Look for another update with information from the Elk River Police Department.