FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (FOX 9) - Five people were injured, two seriously, when a stolen vehicle crashed on the border of St. Paul, Minnesota and Falcon Heights Tuesday afternoon.
The crash occurred at approximately 12:25 p.m. at the intersection of Arona Street and Hoyt Avenue West, but the incident is believed to have started about a half-mile north of the crash scene, according to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said concerned citizens confronted three people who they suspected were putting a stolen license plate on a car. Once confronted, the trio fled in the vehicle, which had been reported stolen the previous day.
The driver of the stolen vehicle headed south on Arona Street at a high rate of speed. They failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Hoyt Street West, hitting another vehicle and a fire hydrant. The stolen vehicle then hit a tree.
The impact launched the fire hydrant approximately 80 feet.
All five people who were injured in the crash were taken to a nearby hospital.
The crash remains under investigation.