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Man who drowned in Roseville police chase identified
A Hennepin County medical examiner has identified the man who drowned in Farrell’s Lake after a police chase Saturday night as 37-year-old Andrew Paul Heim of Minneapolis.
According to a statement issued Monday from Roseville police, Heim fled police after being pulled over for a broken taillight at approximately 9:30 p.m. Aug. 10 near the intersection of Cleveland and Oakcrest avenues in Roseville.
Heim slowed initially but did not stop for the squad’s emergency flashing lights, leading Roseville police on a nearly 3-mile pursuit north on Cleveland. Heim was driving a 2002 BMW 530iA sedan without a rear license plate and was traveling north towards County Road E2, authorities stated.
According to the police department, the vehicle pursuit ended when Heim crashed the BMW into a wooded area south of Farrell’s Lake in Arden Hills, near where Cleveland makes a T intersection into County Road E2.
Officers used a police K9 to track Heim and located him about 40 yards from the shoreline on the south side of the lake. He refused to come out of the water at their commands and shouted expletives back at them.
However, he appeared to be struggling to stay afloat, officers said, and they began stripping off their gear to head into the water after him. For about five minutes, four police officers took turns diving in about 20 feet of muddy water, searching for the suspect without success.
They then requested water rescue.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. the New Brighton and Lake Johanna Fire Department Water Rescue teams recovered Heim about 40 yards from shore.
Heim was immediately transported to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
According to Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicle records, Heim’s license had been suspended since March 29 for failure to pay fines.
Heim was on probation in Hennepin County for fifth degree possession of a controlled substance and for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
He has previous convictions related to driving under the influence, felony narcotics and burglary and probation violations.
Police found a large quantity of oxycodone in the vehicle when they executed a search warrant Monday. The BMW Heim was driving appears to have been purchased recently from Auto Star Auto Sales in Maple Grove and was registered with a 21-day temporary permit.
According to police, Heim would have likely been arrested for probable cause felony narcotics. He could have faced a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, which would have carried a maximum five year sentence, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
"Farrell's Lake," though not named on area maps, is a deep pond just northeast of the County Road E2-35W intersection. According to information attributed to the New Brighton Area Historical Society and posted at reflections.mndigital.org, John Farrell, an Irish immigrant, purchased 160 acres in 1868, covering an area from Lake Johanna to the present sites of Mounds View High School and St. John the Baptist Church.
-- Joshua Nielsen