Two men led police on a wild city-street chase Thursday night that ended on a St. Paul high school football field.

Police were told that a wanted felon, possibly carrying a gun, was near 25th and Newton Avenues N. in Minneapolis around 10 p.m. Officers found the suspect driving and tried to make a traffic stop, but the man fled with a passenger.

Authorities from at least two agencies, using a helicopter and several squad cars, chased the suspects on a winding route to St. Paul’s Central High School, where the suspect drove the Ford Explorer onto the school’s football field and got stuck in a snowbank.

Stephen Lee Blanks, 30, was arrested on charges of fleeing police and an outstanding felony warrant. The passenger was arrested on narcotics charges. Both were jailed in Hennepin County.


Anne Millerbernd is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.