Chase near U ends in capture

A suspect got out of the car and fled on foot after hitting a car during a police chase.

by Elizabeth Cook

Police car lights could be seen at the intersection of 10th Avenue Southeast and Fourth Street Southeast when a brief police chase ended there in a two-vehicle accident.

At approximately 8 p.m. Thursday, a University police officer attempted to pull a vehicle over and the driver did not stop.

Officer David Wilske said that after the driver didn’t stop, he ran the vehicle’s license plate in a police database and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen from southeast Minneapolis.

The driver then hit a vehicle on 10th Avenue Southeast during the chase.

The driver who wasn’t involved in the chase was not injured, police said.

The suspect left the vehicle on a nearby front lawn and ran away, witnesses said.

Wilske said the suspect ran around a nearby building and then started running on Fifth Street Southeast.

Members of Sigma Alpha Mu watched as the scene unfolded. When they saw the suspect running from the officer, one of them tried to trip the suspect.

Some members joined in the chase. The chase led the suspect toward police, said Grant Melquist, a student at Minnesota State-Mankato.

David Jollie, a University psychology senior and Sigma Alpha Mu member, helped in the chase.

“It was pretty exciting,” he said.

Melquist said, “The cops actually came over and thanked us.”

Wilske said the suspect was out of breath when he caught him on foot.

It was not known as of press time whether the suspect was taken to jail or hospital. The suspect reported back pain, said Minneapolis police dispatcher Eric Lammle.