Suspected Drunk Driver in Stolen Semi Arrested After Chase
Avon, Mn (KROC-AM News) - A suspected drunk driver led law officers on a chase in a stolen semi-truck yesterday in central Minnesota.
The Avon Police Department says the pursuit began after Avon police officers and officers from other law enforcement agencies in Stearns County spotted the stolen semi-tractor and trailer on I-94. They had been alerted to watch for the rig after it was reported the semi-tractor pulling a 44-foot flatbed trailer loaded with a blue forklift had been stolen from a parking lot in Fridley and the owner was following it.
A news release says officers attempted a traffic stop on I-94 westbound but the alleged thief refused to stop. The officers involved then pursued the stolen semi and deployed stop sticks which caused a front tire on the truck to blow apart near the exit to New Munich, which is about 10 miles from the area where the chase began.
The driver, identified as Isaac Birdingground Junior, then lost control and the semi-truck crashed into the north ditch along the freeway. Officials indicated the Montana man was taken into custody without incident and no injuries were reported.