Police: Man in stolen car leads police on high-speed I-494 pursuit Sunday morning

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A man in a stolen truck crashed into police cars and then sparked a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 494 on Sunday that ended with him putting a gun to his head before surrendering, according to Bloomington police.

Police said they were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle about 5 a.m. Sunday in a business lot in the 6500 block of Cecilia Circle when they found a man who appeared to be passed out inside a stolen pickup truck with a front plow.

The driver woke and fled, crashing into police cars in the parking lot before fleeing eastbound on I-494 at speeds as high as 100 mph. Several law enforcement agencies joined in the efforts to stop the driver by deploying stop sticks that took out the truck’s tires.

When the driver took the exit to Dodd Road, a Bloomington squad deployed a pursuit intervention technique, which sent the vehicle into the snow where it became stuck, police said.

The driver then held a handgun to his head until officers convinced him to surrender. He was booked at the Bloomington Police Department on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

Other police departments involved in the pursuit included South St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights and officers with the State Patrol.

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