Police: Woman sets fire, stabs self, leads chase

Published 1:06 pm Friday, December 3, 2010

APPLE VALLEY, Minn.  — Police in Minnesota say a woman possibly distraught over the death of her son set her house on fire, stabbed herself with a screwdriver, then led officers on a chase.

Authorities in Apple Valley say they got a call Thursday morning about the woman pouring gasoline around the house. When officers arrived they found the house on fire and the 49-year-old woman locked in her car stabbing herself in the chest. The woman’s husband ran to a neighbor’s house.The woman drove away when officers approached. Police chased and caught up with her in neighboring Eagan.

Apple Valley Police Chief Scott Johnson tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the woman’s 22-year-old son was found dead in his bedroom Nov. 17. The cause of the man’s death is pending.

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