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City of St. Anthony Alerts

Posted on: April 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Press Release-Fatal Accident

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As the officer was approaching the stopped vehicle on foot, the vehicle sped away from the stop location at a high rate of speed. The officer returned to his squad and pursued the vehicle. Within less than one minute from the time of the offender fleeing the traffic stop, it left the roadway in the area of Hamline Avenue at Wynne Avenue in St. Paul and struck a tree. The vehicle was occupied by an adult male driver and an adult female passenger. Officers and other emergency medical responders provided medical attention to both of the occupants, but the driver was ultimately pronounced deceased. The passenger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was identified via the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office as Ryan James Reeves, 32, of White Bear Lake, MN. The passenger was identified as Erica Alana Wood, 24, of St. Paul, MN. Ryan Reeves had an outstanding Ramsey County felony warrant for fleeing police in a motor vehicle and an outstanding Scott County felony warrant for controlled substance possession. Mr. Reeves also had a history of convictions for fleeing police in a motor vehicle, motor vehicle theft, forgery, possession of a firearm by a felon, drug possession, criminal damage to property, and domestic assault-strangulation.
The Minnesota State Patrol were called to reconstruct the scene of the crash. The St. Anthony Police Department, along with the Minnesota State Patrol and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, continue to investigate.
Reference St. Anthony Police Department case number 17003534.

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