Updated: Pursuit of stolen vehicle ends in St. Louis Park
By Katy Zillmer
Three law enforcement agencies responded in the pursuit of a stolen vehicle driven by an adult male that started in the 2200 block of Freeway Boulevard in Brooklyn Center at 2:40 a.m. Jan. 3, according to Brooklyn Center Cmdr. Tim Gannon.
Gannon said a Brooklyn Center patrol officer observed the man, who was with an adult female passenger, drive the vehicle in and out of a parking lot on Freeway Boulevard before checking the license plates.
“The vehicle was stolen out of Minneapolis,” Gannon said. “(The officer) attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver left the scene,” he said.
The chase started westbound on Interstate 694 and then southbound on Highway 169 while the Brooklyn Center officer continued to follow the vehicle, Gannon said. A New Hope police officer responded to the pursuit on Highway 169 as well as the Minnesota State Patrol.
As the chase continued, the State Patrol used stop sticks near Highway 169 and Interstate 394, Gannon said.
The driver, 36-year-old Jesse James Randolph of Victoria, allegedly drove through the first set of stop sticks and crashed into a center divider at Highway 169 and Cedar Lake road before stopping at Minnetonka Boulevard, according to a criminal complaint filed Jan. 4.
He allegedly reached speeds of 110-120 mph during the police pursuit, according to the complaint.
Randolph is charged with one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
There was minor damage to the stolen vehicle and no one was injured, Gannon said.
Randolph faces up to three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine for the felony charge.