Charges: High-Speed Chase of Minnesota Cocaine Suspect Ended by Squad Car Crash
That’s according to a news release issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minnesota. The incident occurred on Nov. 18.
The federal complaint says St. Paul Police responded to a 911 call regarding an unsolicited package that later field-tested positive for cocaine. Officers replaced the suspected cocaine with a GPS tracking device.
Later on, Homeland Security agents then observed 38-year-old Paris Jackson of St. Paul take the package from the area it was found. He then tried to bring it to a waiting vehicle but was stopped by the federal agents, court documents say.
Jackson then fled in a vehicle, which initiated a pursuit with law enforcement. That pursuit ended when the vehicle crashed into a St. Paul Police squad car at an estimated speed of 80mph, the news release says.
The crash resulted in life-threatening injuries for a passenger in the vehicle and minor injuries for a St. Paul Police Officer. The news release says Jackson then fled the crash scene but was eventually apprehended.
Jackson was charged with attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. Court records say he has a criminal history dating back to 2001 and included multiple arrests for drug offenses.
Jackson made his initial court appearance on Nov. 22. His next court date has not been announced.
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