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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013
Suspect Arrested in Hinckley Hit-and-Run
Tip from public leads to suspect and vehicle
DULUTH –  A tip from the public has led to the arrest of a suspect in the hit-and-run crash that occurred in Hinckley on June 17. The crash took the life of Trevor Langlois of Wyoming, Minn.
 
Derek Anthony Sanders, 31, also of Wyoming, Minn., was taken into custody by Minnesota State Patrol Troopers without incident at his parents’ residence in Wyoming Wednesday morning. The State Patrol was assisted in the arrest by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Sanders is currently being held at the Pine County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide and hit-and-run.
 
Langlois, a 24-year-old Army veteran, developed truck problems and was pulled over on a freeway entrance ramp to I-35 in Hinckley when a vehicle hit him and fled.
 
The State Patrol had asked for the public’s help in locating a 2010 or newer Ford F150 XLT four-door pickup truck with right front damage and a missing right mirror and assembly.  A vehicle matching that description and registered to Sanders was recovered and impounded as evidence. The tip from the public was received Monday night by the Bloomington Police Department who forwarded the information to the State Patrol.
 
About the Minnesota State Patrol
More than 500 Minnesota State Patrol troopers are the foundation of the agency that works to provide a safe environment on Minnesota’s roads by assisting motorists, taking enforcement action, and educating drivers about traffic safety issues. In addition to road safety activities, troopers conduct flight patrols, search and rescue missions, and assist other law enforcement agencies.
 
In 1929, the Minnesota Legislature created the Highway Patrol after lawmakers recognized the need for a traffic enforcement agency in response to the boom of automobiles. The first patrol force comprised 35 men. In 1970, the Highway Patrol became a division of the Department of Public Safety, and four years later its official name was changed to the Minnesota State Patrol.
 
Recent State Patrol Highlights
  • Forty-two Minnesota State Patrol cadets graduated May 23 following 15 weeks of rigorous and demanding training exercises and course work at Camp Ripley. The new troopers are now partnered with veteran troopers to conduct field training for 16 weeks before they begin solo patrols.
  • Find preliminary crash reports online​.
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