A 20-year-old woman from Princeton is currently in Isanti County Jail following a car-jacking and high-speed chase on Highway 95 from Cambridge to North Branch Tuesday afternoon.
She was booked on multiple felony charges including motor vehicle theft, kidnapping and fleeing a police officer.
She will make her first appearance in Isanti County District Court on Thursday. Her name will be published after she is officially charged.
According to a press release from the Cambridge Police Department:
On Tuesday, July 16, at 12:25 p.m., Cambridge Police were dispatched to Cub Foods in Cambridge on a report of a car-jacking that just occurred, and the suspect was fleeing in the stolen Subaru Outback heading eastbound on Highway 95.
Cambridge officers arrived on scene, while Isanti County deputies attempted to catch the vehicle. Officers on scene learned that the Subaru had been left running in the parking lot with a minor child and the family dog inside while the owner ran into the store to get a few items.
The woman jumped in the unlocked vehicle and took off with the boy and dog in the car. The boy honked the horn and yelled to summon help, but when no one responded he opened the door and rolled out, sustaining some minor injuries.
The suspect quickly left the lot, striking another vehicle on Opportunity Boulevard. The owner of that vehicle immediately dialed 911 and began following the stolen car eastbound on Highway 95, updating dispatch on their location.
Deputies caught up to the stolen vehicle as it entered North Branch and Chisago County law enforcement joined in the effort to stop the vehicle. A short pursuit occurred and the vehicle ended up in a field, where the suspect was apprehended without incident.
In a mirandized statement, she admitted to the offenses, indicating she was just released from an outpatient program at Cambridge Medical Center and needed a ride to Princeton.
Cambridge Police advised this is a scary reminder to never leave your children unattended in a vehicle or never leave your vehicle running while you run into the store. The outcome could have been devastating had the heroic boy not acted quickly. Cambridge Police also offer a special thank you to the hit and run accident victim who called 911 and was willing to risk her safety to follow the suspect and update officers. Due to the actions of everyone, the suspect was apprehended and all parties are safe.