Suspect rams vehicle into squad cars during police chase in Wayzata

One man has been taken into custody following a police chase where the suspect rammed his vehicle into two patrol cars and others. 

According to authorities, Wayzata Police responded to a report of a suspicious man in a driveway on the 300 block of Barry Avenue South around 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Joan Learned, who reported the man in her driveway, told Fox 9 that he had an ax and a machete, which was later found outside. Joan watched from her windows as the man took the ax out of a vehicle and headed into her backyard. 

"All I could think is, is he on drugs?" she said. "I don't know." She then called police. 

An officer encountered the suspect vehicle while on the way to the scene, and the suspect then drove off. When the officer attempted to initiate a stop, the suspect stopped and immediately backed his vehicle into the officer's squad car. 

Following that, the suspect fled in his vehicle, and a police chase ensued. During the pursuit, the suspect rammed his vehicle into the officer's squad car multiple times before hitting another uninvolved motorist. The driver of that vehicle was uninjured.

The pursuit ended when the suspect rammed into the side of a second Wayzata patrol car. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Hennepin County Jail.

Police later found a yellow pages phone book, a plastic mixing bowl, potato chips, and candy wrappers along with the ax and machete in Joan's backyard.

"It was just a weird thing," Joan said. "What's this guy.. I don't know how long he was camped out there. Bag of chips? Candy wrappers? How long was he in my backyard while I was sleeping?"

One officer was treated at a local hospital with minor injuries.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case. Assisting agencies included Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Orono Police Departments as well as the Minnesota State Patrol.


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