Two teenagers, being pursued early Sunday by law enforcement officers, were injured after the stolen van they were in collided with a Cass County Sheriff’s deputy’s parked squad vehicle, the State Patrol reported.
The crash happened at about 3:46 a.m. Sunday on Highway 200, about seven miles east of Whipholt in northern Cass County.
Prior to the crash, officers were pursuing the stolen van eastbound on Highway 200. According to the State Patrol, the driver of the van, Courtney M. White, 17, Cass Lake, intentionally crossed the center line and struck head-on the parked and unattended squad vehicle on the westbound shoulder of Highway 200. The deputy was out of the vehicle deploying stop sticks when the collision happened.
White suffered non life-threatening injuries and is being treated at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. A passenger in the stolen van, Emily A. Redroad, 18, Bemidji, was treated at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids and released.
Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said no law enforcement personnel, including the deputy whose squad vehicle was struck, were injured.
“Thank goodness,” Burch said.
Burch said the pursuit started after a deputy attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle. He said the suspects have not been arrested but they could face criminal charges for the theft and crash of the van. The incident was still under investigation on Sunday, Burch said.
The Walker Police Department, Leech lake Tribal Police Department and Pike Bay Township Police Department assisted in the pursuit.
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