St. Louis Park man charged in crash with police officer, dog

  • Updated: August 26, 2009 - 7:50 PM

A 26-year-old man has been charged with two felonies after a weekend chase and crash with a Lakeville police car that injured an officer and a police dog.

Christopher Martin Simondet was charged Tuesday in Dakota County District Court with fleeing a peace officer and criminal vehicular injury. Lakeville police said Simondet is from St. Louis Park.

According to the criminal complaint:

Apple Valley police were called Saturday afternoon about a vehicle heading south on Cedar Avenue after a hit-and-run accident in Bloomington. A squad car found the vehicle at 155th Street and Cedar Avenue, where the driver tried to flee, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour, the complaint said.

The vehicle nearly sideswiped two vehicles before hitting a Lakeville police car in a grass median, crushing the rear, according to the complaint. An officer inside had a broken leg, and a police dog had a cut on its tongue, it added.

Officers identified Simondet as the driver and asked him several times to get out. When police tried to pry his hands from the wheel, Simondet began swinging his left arm, and an officer fired a Taser, the complaint said. He was tased again, and when more officers arrived they were able to pull Simondet out, according to the complaint.

VINCE TUSS

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