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Cottage Grove police: Suspect fled, drove wrong way, crashed and tried to run

A Cottage Grove police squad dash camera image shows a suspect who police say fled a traffic stop Sunday, crashed a stolen car and tried to run away. He was arrested near 80th Street and Hadley Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Cottage Grove Police Department)1 / 3
A Cottage Grove police squad dash camera image shows a suspect who police say fled a traffic stop, crashed a stolen car and tried to run away Sunday. He was arrested near 80th Street and Hadley Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Cottage Grove Police Department)2 / 3
A Cottage Grove police squad dash camera image shows a vehicle police say was driven by a suspect who fled a traffic stop, crashed a stolen car and tried to run away Sunday. He was arrested near 80th Street and Hadley Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Cottage Grove Police Department)3 / 3

A St. Paul man was arrested at gunpoint Sunday after Cottage Grove police say he fled a traffic stop and then drove the wrong way on 80th Street, crashed the stolen Honda Accord and tried to run away.

Joshua Raymond Lee, 30, was arrested on suspicion of felony fleeing in a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot.

According to the police report:

An officer tried to stop the car Lee was driving for a speeding violation at 1:24 p.m. at 90th Street and East Point Douglas Road, but Lee kept traveling on East Point Douglas Road. He blew through a stop sign on East Point Douglas Road at Arby’s restaurant before heading into the nearby parking lot of Wakota Inn and Suites. Lee then turned the wrong way onto 80th Street, heading west in the eastbound lanes toward the bridge over Highway 61. Police say he crossed into the westbound lanes but overcorrected and crashed the Accord into a concrete barrier on the overpass.

Lee got out of car, jumped a fence and rolled down a hill toward West Point Douglas Road. St. Paul Park police helping on the call saw Lee run along the railroad tracks before he changed course and headed toward the Holiday gas station at 8101 Hadley Ave.

Police apprehended him at gunpoint after he ignored multiple commands to stop, according to the report. Lee was booked at the Washington County jail on suspicion of the charges, and for an outstanding Mille Lacs County warrant.

The 1993 Accord had been reported stolen in St. Paul.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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