Three injured as police chase leads to crash
Three people, including two Farmington residents, were injured early Friday morning when their SUV crashed while they fled Farmington police.
Police started following the vehicle, a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, around 1:30 a.m. after seeing it downtown and becoming suspicious.
"You see a vehicle parked in an odd spot at a weird time of night. (The officer) just went around to keep an eye on him," police sergeant Jim Murphy said.
When the officer made another pass, the truck left at a high speed, Murphy said. When the officer activated his siren the driver sped away. The driver, identified as 20-year-old Farmington resident Jonathan Brockman, crossed Highway 3 on Highway 50 and almost hit another squad car before losing control and hitting a tree near ninth street.
Rescue workers had to cut the roof off of the SUV to free Brockman and his two passengers inside.
Brockman was taken by helicopter to Hennepin County Medical Center. The front-seat passenger, 20-year-old Apple Valley resident Patrick Aldrich, was taken by ambulance to HCMC. The second passenger, 21-year-old Farmington resident Micheal Kassa, was taken by ambulance to Fairview Ridges.
Murphy said the entire chase from the time the police officer activated his siren lasted about 45 seconds.
The Minnesota State Patrol is reconstructing the accident. On Tuesday, Farmington police were still looking into why the driver sped away.
"It's still in the early stages, so it's under investigation," Murphy said. "We're looking at what we have.
"Right now we're just trying to figure out why they were doing what they were doing and going where they were going."