Car chase claims the life of local man
A high-speed car chase that began in Eagan ended fatally for a passenger Friday, reports the Star Tribune.
The chase is said to have begun as a routine traffic stop, but quickly escalated when the suspect sped away from police after falsifying information about his identity.
The driver has been identified as Harvey Henry, a 42-year-old St. Paul man with an active felony warrant, according to www.mnsun.com. The other passengers included Stacy Buckanaga, a 39-year-old Champlin woman and James Blakkestad, a 55-year-old Richfield man.
The chase reached speeds of 85 miles per hour and passed through Eagan and Inver Grove Heights. After driving in the wrong direction on Hwy. 55, Henry lost control of the vehicle and crashed. Blakkestad was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. Henry and Buckanaga were both treated at Regions Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Henry was released from the hospital and arrested on possible charges of "fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and criminal vehicular homicide," according to www.mnsun.com.