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Published May 13, 2012, 10:27 AM

Driver hits tree while fleeing Trooper in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 27-year-old man is in critical condition after hitting a tree while fleeing a state patrol trooper in St. Paul.

Driver hits tree while fleeing trooper in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 27-year-old man is in critical condition after hitting a tree while fleeing a state patrol trooper in St. Paul.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/IM0aky ) a trooper tried to pull over a sports utility vehicle at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday on an Interstate 94 ramp. But the Maplewood man drove away and turned off his lights.

The state patrol says a trooper pursued, turned a corner and found the vehicle had hit a tree.

The driver was not wearing a seat belt and his air bag did not deploy. The state patrol says alcohol was not involved.

The man, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital where he was in critical condition Saturday.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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