A Minneapolis man was charged Thursday with five felonies in connection with a stolen-car chase and crash that broke the legs of a Macalester College student.
Mahdi Jay Patton, 19, allegedly told police that he thought the driver of the vehicle he slammed into while fleeing police early Tuesday was dead. Told that he was alive, Patton said "I gotta deal with the consequences of what I got myself into," according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court.
The driver who suffered the broken legs, Samuel Humleker, 19, had dropped off his girlfriend and was headed back to his parents' home in south Minneapolis. His vehicle flipped multiple times in the crash.
Patton is charged with three counts of criminal vehicular operation, one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle with injury or death and one count of theft of a motor vehicle in connection with the chase.
Charges say police spotted Patton at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday, driving a stolen Chevrolet Tahoe with its headlights off on 12th Avenue S. near E. 26th Street, and tried to stop him. Patton allegedly led police on a chase at speeds up to 60 miles per hour on Chicago Avenue S. After running several stop signs, the Tahoe T-boned Humleker's Subaru Forester at E. 42nd Street and 13th Avenue S. and crashed into a house. No one in the house was hurt.
Patton ran from the Tahoe and was found nearly two hours later in a yard with a high privacy fence. Charges say he acknowledged driving a stolen vehicle and fleeing because he was on the run from the Hennepin County workhouse. Patton remains in the Hennepin County jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Three of Patton's passengers were ticketed for tampering with a motor vehicle, or with joyriding.