Roseville police officers rescued a 28-year-old St. Paul woman from her burning car early Saturday, moments before it became fully engulfed in flames, after another driver T-boned her vehicle while fleeing from police.
Both the woman and the suspect, a 33-year-old St. Paul man, were hospitalized for their injuries, police said. The man is under arrest on probable cause of criminal vehicular operation. The case will be forwarded to the Ramsey County attorney’s office Monday for charges.
The chase began shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a Roseville officer tried to stop a car headed east on Hwy. 36 at Victoria Street for an equipment violation. The car pulled off the highway at Dale Street, but didn’t stop. The driver ran a red light at County Road B and continued for about 3 miles. Then, traveling at about 60 miles per hour, he ran another red light at Minnehaha Avenue, where his car smashed into the woman’s, police said.
The woman’s car ended up in a parking lot at the southeast corner of the intersection. Roseville police pulled her from her vehicle, but said her injuries were not life-threatening. The suspect also was trapped in his car, screaming in pain, police said. St. Paul firefighters extricated the suspect, who suffered “substantial bodily injuries,” police said.
Police said evidence from the scene indicated that the suspect had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.
Anyone with information concerning the accident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.