Man fleeing police kills mother and two sons in crash

A man fleeing a State Trooper in a stolen vehicle hit and killed a mother and her two young sons early Sunday in North Minneapolis.
29-year-old Amanda Jean Thomas and her sons, ages 12 and three months, were killed when the driver ran a red light, State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said. The sons' names have not been released, the Star Tribune reported.
Rufus Onel Victor, 29, of Edina, was arrested after he fled the crash scene on foot. He had only minor injuries and is being held in the Hennepin County jail, the Star Tribune said.
A State Trooper tried to pull over Victor about 12:30 a.m. when he saw him driving erratically on westbound Interstate 94. Victor left the freeway at Dowling Avenue and drove south on Second Street at a high rate of speed and through several red lights, Roeske said, the Pioneer Press reported.
Victor plowed into Thomas's car when he ran a red light at the Broadway Avenue intersection, causing it to hit a third car. The trooper, who had slowed and was about three blocks behind Victor at the time of the crash, abandoned the chase to help the crash victims. No one in the third vehicle was seriously injured, the Star Tribune reported.
Victor was arrested about 10 minutes after the crash after a canine tracked his scent to an area near railroad tracks, the Pioneer Press said.
Roeske said it appeared as though Victor was chemically impaired at the time of the crash but blood test results were not immediately available, the Star Tribune reported.

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