University police involved in Franklin Avenue car chase

The stolen car was later discovered two miles from the initial site of the pursuit.

Andrew Penkalski

University of Minnesota police pursued a suspect operating a stolen vehicle on Franklin Avenue early Sunday morning. The officer involved first noticed the stolen vehicle on 27th Avenue Southeast near Essex Street. Near the beginning of the pursuit, the suspect rammed the squad car while attempting to reverse, according to University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner. The officer continued to pursue the vehicle over the Mississippi River onto Franklin Avenue until terminating the pursuit near the 25th Avenue intersection. According to the police report, the abandoned vehicle was recovered about two miles away from the initial location of the pursuit. âÄúItâÄôs something that we do more and more frequently in determining that the danger outweighs the benefits of continuing pursuit,âÄù Miner said. The officer involved in the pursuit was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. Miner said the injuries were minimal thanks to the push bumpers attached to the front of University police cars. âÄúThat really minimized damage to the squad car and injuries to the officers,âÄù Miner said. There are no suspects at this time. Property damage reports in Heller Hall University police responded to a report of several damaged doors on the 12th floor of Heller Hall early Monday morning. Officers noticed that wooden panels on the lower portion of several office doors had been damaged, according to the police report. After checking the interiors of the rooms, it appeared nothing had been taken. The rooms targeted house offices for the UniversityâÄôs history department. This is one of several incidents that the departmentâÄôs Heller Hall offices have seen this school year, according to Amanda Nelson, a history department associate administrator. âÄúIn most cases, nothing was stolen,âÄù Miner said, âÄúso weâÄôre not exactly sure why somebody is doing that.âÄù There are no suspects at this time.