Two teenagers were injured, one critically, after an alleged drunken driver crashed his vehicle Sunday evening at a Woodbury intersection, police said.
A 17-year-old male was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with critical injuries, and a 16-year-old female also was transported to Regions Hospital. They were passengers in a vehicle struck by a 38-year-old man who was believed to be intoxicated, police said. A third victim, a 17-year-old who was driving the vehicle with the other teens, was not transported.
According to Woodbury police:
Officers received a report about 6:30 p.m. that an intoxicated man had left a restaurant near Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road. A vehicle matching the suspect's was headed eastbound on Valley Creek Road at a high speed. A police officer traveling westbound saw the vehicle and turned around in pursuit. Before the suspect's vehicle could be stopped, it crashed into the vehicle occupied by the teens at Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive. Two other vehicles then were involved in the crash.
The 38-year-old suspect was transported to Woodwinds Hospital with injuries.
Woodbury police and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating. Police said criminal charges are pending.
The crash occurred just as law enforcement agencies began a "safe and sober" traffic stop campaign aimed at drunken driving.
"This is a tragic reminder of why people should not drink and drive," police Sgt. Curt Zacharias said.
Further information about the crash and the status of the victims was not immediately available Monday afternoon.