A vehicle led police on a high-speed chase from Eden Prairie into Minneapolis shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20.
Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding near Interstate 494 and Highway 5. The vehicle did not stop and was pursued across the metro area. The driver fled on foot in Minneapolis and was eventually arrested.
According to the State Patrol, the driver is suspected of being involved in multiple shootings and is being held at Hennepin County Jail on numerous charges.
The traffic stop occurred during the State Patrol’s Highway Enforcement for Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) effort.
Since Valentine’s Day, troopers have focused on excessive speed enforcement and criminal activity, especially on Interstate 94 between downtown Minneapolis and Interstate 694. The last night of the 10-night HEAT efforts is Wednesday, Feb. 23.
“Some drivers are speeding for no reason, while others are fleeing police after committing a crime,” said Col. Matt Langer, chief of the Minnesota State Patrol. “These HEAT patrols will increase our presence on the freeways so we can stop speeders and catch criminals who attempt to escape. If you don’t pull over we’re going to find you with our aviation assets.”
The targeted operation focuses on traffic safety while providing an increased law enforcement presence in an area with public safety concerns.
HEAT patrols followed a recent meeting with the Minnesota Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs associations to discuss ways the State Patrol could expand its efforts to support local law enforcement agencies as they address crime in their communities.