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U of M police officer injured after driver crashes SUV stolen from Carlton County

A University of Minnesota police officer on a motorcycle was injured Saturday in Minneapolis after he pursued a woman driving an SUV reported stolen from Carlton County.

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said the 19-year-old woman, believed to be from Pine County, was set to be booked on charges related to fleeing an officer and stealing a vehicle.

At about 11:15 a.m. in the Seven Corners area of Minneapolis, the motorcycle officer ran the license plate of a black Chevrolet SUV that had a trailer hitched to it; the officer discovered it was reported stolen out of Carlton County. When he initiated a traffic stop, the 19-year-old, who was the only occupant in the SUV, fled over the Interstate 35W bridge toward downtown Minneapolis.

The officer pursued her for about a half mile to 12th Avenue South and Washington Avenue South, where she crashed into a parked car, causing items from the trailer attached to the SUV to fly onto the street.

Still going at high speed, she jackknifed the SUV and trailer after making a sharp turn onto Third Street South.

As the officer was laying down his motorcycle to run toward the woman, he was injured and most likely broke his arm, Elder said.

A Minneapolis police officer who already was in the area witnessed the events unfold, and he and the motorcycle officer arrested the woman.