Fleeing convict involved in fatal crash

A recent escapee from the Stillwater correctional facility was trying to evade police last week when the stolen vehicle he was driving crashed head-on into an oncoming car, Roseville police say. The driver of the second vehicle, a 36-year-old New Brighton woman, died at the scene of the crash.

Terrance J. Adams, 35, was charged Thursday with murder in the second degree and fleeing a police officer resulting in death.

Adams was serving a sentence at the Stillwater minimum security prison for a burglary he committed in Anoka County. According to police records, Adams “has an extensive criminal history” and was most recently convicted of burglaries in Anoka and Hennepin counties.

Police began pursuing Adams after spotting a suspected stolen SUV at County Road B2 and Fairview. The 2004 GMC Envoy, which was stolen from North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale between 12:55 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Aug. 15, sped up when police attempted to stop it. Adams reportedly “accelerated and took evasive action” as he drove north on Fairview Avenue.

Officers reported seeing a struggle between the driver and the front-seat passenger. Moments later, the vehicle stopped briefly and three women fled the vehicle; they were arrested.

While police attempted to stop the SUV, Adams continued north on Fairview Avenue, turned onto Lake Johanna Boulevard, which follows the contour of the lake, and reportedly crossed the center line in the 3300 block and struck Sandra Baxter’s vehicle. Police said Adams was going about 70 mph at the time of the crash.

The crash occurred at 3:24 p.m. and Baxter was declared dead at the scene by paramedics. Adams was transported to Regions Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to police, the women said Adams picked them up to sell golf clubs he found inside the vehicle after he stole it. They also stated that Adams had been smoking “crack” cocaine in the moments prior to the crash. They claimed they only knew him only by his street name, “Red.”

According to the Roseville department, a preliminary investigation shows no violation of policy or procedure by Roseville police during the incident.

If convicted of the crimes, Adams faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

— Bethany Wesley