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Police arrest man who crashed car, left children behind

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KARE 11 - Minneapolis -  St. Paul Police have arrested a father following a car crash. 45-year-old Earl Lionell Ward is in the Ramsey County jail.

Sgt. Paul Paulos said Tuesday that Ward abandoned his injured children after he crashed his van with the kids in the back seat at a road construction site at Hazel Street and Mechanic Avenue.

Paulos said Ward then took off on foot and when police arrived after getting an anonymous 911 call they found the children screaming inside the van for help.

Paulos said Ward left his 8 and 14-year-old children alone in a van, injured, after he crashed.

We can only guess why Ward fled especially after police say the kids were thrown from the back seat to the front after the impact of the crash.

What is known is that Ward has an extensive criminal history in the Twin Cities dating back to 1988.

He has convictions of assault, dealing narcotics, criminal sexual conduct, domestic threats and terroristic threats and weapons possessions.

Currently there is an active warrant out for him on a domestic issue in Hennepin County.

"It's a sense of desperation.That he cared about himself and not about the children in the car and that's what I think is very unique about this," Paulos said.

The crash, police say, should never have even happened because the construction area was lit and surrounded with barricades.

But when it did happen it stopped the van in its tracks and Ward allegedly took off on foot.

The children were taken to Regions Hospital where they were treated with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the kids told them Ward was driving.

The mother of the children is also cooperating, Paulos said, with this police investigation.

Paulos would not comment on the relationship status of the mother and Ward.
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