Even criminals call the cops for a helping hand sometimes. Just ask the Northfield, Minn. police. Officers were happy to help a stalled motorist who called 9-1-1 last week on Highway 19, especially after they found the man in need was also the suspect who led them on a chase just hours prior.
The "careless criminal" tale started last week when a Northfield officer attempted to stop a car driving towards Greenvale Township. The driver sped away from the officer, so the cruiser pursued the suspect. After a short distance chase, the officer discontinued the pursuit due to heavier traffic and safety concerns of other motorists.
Deputies from the Dakota County Sheriff's Department then assisted in the suspect search that day. Suddenly a 9-1-1 call was received by the police dispatcher from a man reporting his car had broken down on Highway 19, just west of I-35W.
When police arrived, it was discovered the car trouble was due to undercarriage damage that resulted from running from a Northfield officer earlier that day.
The male suspect was taken into custody from the scene without further incident.
"We'll take those calls any day of the week!" said a Dakota County Sheriff's Department spokesperson in its weekly newsletter.