ROSEVILLE, Minn. - The Hennepin County medical examiner has identified the man who drowned in a lake following a chase with Roseville Police over the weekend.
The body of 37-year-old Andrew Paul Heim of Minneapolis was pulled from Farrel's Lake in Arden Hills Saturday around 11 p.m. The Hennepin County Medical Examiners office lists his official cause of death as drowning.
Roseville Police say they began pursuing Heim around 9:30 p.m. Saturday evening after he refused to pull over on a tail light violation. Officers say Heim sped north on Cleveland towards County Road E2 when squads briefly lost sight of the vehicle.
Heim's abandoned vehicle was eventually located in a wooded area north of Cleveland and County Road. A K9 unit was called in, and the dog led officers to the south side of Farrels Lake. There, they saw the suspect struggling in the water. Eventually he went under and did not resurface.
A police spokesman said in a written release that officers took turns diving to the bottom of the lake for 5 minutes but were unable to locate the suspect.
Recovery teams from New Brighton and Lake Johanna Fire Department Water Rescue were called in to recover Heim's body.
A check of Andrew Paul Heim's criminal record shows a number of moving violations, and arrests for driving under the influence and possession of drugs.
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