According to Robbinsdale Police, seven students were injured on the morning of Monday, March 13 after a police chase resulted in a collision between the fleeing Mitsubishi Endeavor and a school bus carrying 22 students to FAIR school in Crystal. Five of the injured students were taken to North Memorial Hospital for treatment, the school district said in an official release late Monday morning.
Police said they were in pursuit of the driver, identified as twenty-eight-year-old Argeni Fernandez, who rear-ended the school bus near Regent Avenue and 42nd Avenue North at approximately 7:30 a.m. They said the chase began around 7:10 a.m. after officers responded to the vehicle on Highway 100 when it was in a ditch. Prosecutors said the officer who pulled over to assist smelled alcohol. Fernandez reportedly refused to shut his motor off, and sped off onto the highway, where it struck another vehicle, then entered a median. A second squad picked up the chase on County Road 81 , where Fernandez struck a road sign and a couple of trees. He continued onto 42nd Avenue North, where his vehicle struck the school bus from behind.
No serious injuries were reported. Fernandez, was taken into custody and has been charged with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, one count of DWI, and five counts of causing bodily harm by operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.