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Chase hits 117 mph through Hermantown, ends in fiery crash
By News Tribune Today at 10:13 a.m.

A vehicle containing four males evading authorities hit 117 mph through Hermantown before crashing into a cement and rock outcropping on Central Entrance early Tuesday.

The car started on fire after the crash on the 300 block of West Central Entrance at around 2:05 a.m. Police officers extinguished the flames and pulled the men out of the vehicle; they were transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center with various injuries, a Hermantown Police Department news release said.

The Hermantown police were assisting the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, and an examination of the car revealed firearms, spent shell casings and narcotics, the news release said.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

The incident began when sheriff’s deputies were attempting to locate another vehicle — said to contain a female who was screaming and partially hanging out the window — in the area of Munger Shaw Road traveling south toward Pike Lake at a high rate of speed down U.S. Highway 53.

A Hermantown officer was stationed in the area of Miller Trunk Highway and Minnesota Highway 194, where it observed the car traveling northbound at 117 mph.

The vehicle continued until the officer lost sight of it even after the officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the news release said.

The original vehicle that contained the woman was not seen again, said Deputy Chief Shawn Padden of the Hermantown police.

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