A 45-year-old Burnsville man was arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation following a multi-vehicle crash in west Bloomington that flipped his Chrysler 200 upside down.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the intersection of 98th Street and Normandale Boulevard. According to witnesses, the suspect was traveling southbound in a northbound lane at a high rate of speed as he approached the intersection at 98th Street. An eastbound vehicle attempting to cross the Normandale Boulevard at the intersection was struck by the suspect’s vehicle, causing a chain reaction that involved three other vehicles, according to Bloomington Police Cmdr. Damon Bitney.

The collision flipped the suspect’s vehicle, and he was transported from the scene to a hospital prior to being booked on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation. One person suffered cuts as a result of the crash, otherwise no major injuries were reported, Bitney said.

The suspect said he had been smoking marijuana prior to the collision, and a search warrant for a blood draw was obtained as part of the crash investigation, Bitney noted.

In addition to being booked on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation, the suspect was for driving after revocation.

Ran out of gas?

A 21-year-old Eagan man driving a stolen pickup truck was arrested after trying to flee police officers on foot in Mall of America’s west parking ramp.

Police officers were dispatched to the mall at approximately 1 p.m. Aug. 24 after a license plate scanner at the mall detected a stolen 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck entering the property. Mall security personnel identified it in the west ramp, and police officers investigating the vehicle found it occupied, Bitney said.

After watching the suspect exit the vehicle and approach the bed of the truck, officers pulled up to the man and instructed him to approach their squad cars. The man initially complied, but then took off running, despite being instructed to stop. A foot pursuit ended when officers caught up to the suspect on the first floor of the ramp, Bitney explained.

A search of the suspect turned up keys to the truck, and there was confusion as to the man’s identity upon the initial check of his name and date of birth, but once his identity was verified, it turned out he had an outstanding warrant for theft, Bitney noted.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and fleeing a police officer on foot.

Health conscious?

A 27-year-old Prior Lake woman purchased a peach at the Bloomington Walmart store. But it was the sun-glasses, underwear and nail file she didn’t pay for that resulted in her arrest.

The woman was arrested at approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 25. A loss prevention officer watched as the woman appeared to be concealing merchandise in her purse and the pocket of her sweatshirt. She then went to the produce area, picked up a peach and proceeded to pay for it. Police officers had already been dispatched to the store due to her suspicious activity, and as she exited the store she was confronted, Bitney said.

The suspect tried to evade the officer and was uncooperative as she was being detained, resulting in her being taken down to the ground and handcuffed. Following the arrest, a search of the suspect turned up 14 counterfeit $20 bills in her wallet and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her purse, Bitney noted.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of theft, possession of counterfeit currency, narcotics possession and obstructing the legal process.

End of their road

Five occupants of a stolen vehicle parked at the Bloomington Walmart were arrested.

A police officer patrolling the parking lot identified the white Buick sedan as being a stolen vehicle from Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. With five people seated inside the vehicle, police officers detained the vehicle and removed the occupants individually. Upon exiting the vehicle, the driver attempted to toss its keys, Bitney noted.

After everyone was removed and detained, a search of the vehicle turned up nothing suspicions. One passenger in the vehicle, however, was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to Bitney.

Arrested were the driver, a 34-year-old Minneapolis man, on suspicion of auto theft and a warrant, and all four passengers – a 30-year-old Minneapolis woman, a 28-year-old Morton woman, a 27-year-old Minneapolis man and a 21-year-old Minneapolis woman – were booked for possession of a stolen vehicle. The 21-year-old woman was also booked for drug and drug paraphernalia possession, while the 30-year-old Minneapolis woman and 28-year-old Morton woman also had warrants, Bitney noted.

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