Minnesota State Patrol investigates the scene where a motorist who was being chased by the State Patrol was the difference in the Minneapolis children’s playground on Monday.
(Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
A Minnesota man who led authorities on a chase earlier this week, and reportedly did not use his brakes or slow down before you have more than two children in a park, was hit with a slew of charges on Wednesday.
Suspicious Kabaar Powel, 27, drove faster than 80 km / h through the streets in Minneapolis on Monday, authorities worked to keep up with him, according to a criminal complaint from the Hennepin County Attorney’s office, which announced the charges.
As Powell approached a basketball court in the park during a chase with troopers, dashcam video showed that his brake lights were “not activated,” the complaint said.
The defendant “was charged with the offence of flight from police in a motor vehicle resulting in great bodily harm and fleeing police in a motor vehicle resulting in substantial bodily harm,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a press release. “Powell was also charged with three gross violations. Two of them were criminal vehicles functioning with bodily injury and a single count of possession of a gun without a permit is a public place.”
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State troopers on patrol around 9:40 a.m. on Monday spotted in a vehicle exceeds the legal speed limit, the complaint said. The driver, reportedly Powell, “was not wearing a seatbelt, and has a revoked driver’s license,” according to the complaint, and allegedly did not stop when troopers attempted to pull him over.
In the course of six minutes, the germans chased the suspect, who allegedly ran through at least 22 stop signs, “in the first place through residential streets,” the complaint said.
The suspect veered the car in Bohanon Park, drive “in the vicinity of a tennis court and a basketball court,” where a 30-year-old father was playing with his four children, according to the complaint. Powell allegedly continued to drive, eventually hitting and running over a two-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, the complaint said.
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The 2-year-old, identified by The Associated Press as Kayden Peltier, was “completely” run over, according to the complaint, and the four-year-old, identified by the wall outlet if Lillianna, “partially”, and ran.
Kayden’s injuries include fractures to his pelvis and spine, as well as an intracranial hemorrhage. He had his spleen removed and suffered an acute loss of blood, the complaint said. Freeman said he remained in the hospital.
Lillianna suffered a number of abrasions, contusions, and hemorrhages in the brain, according to the complaint. Another brother, 3-year-old Konnor, had light injuries, The Associated Press said.
On the basis of the dashcam video, four seconds passed between the time that the father tried to flee the area with his children and the collision, the complaint said.
After allegedly running over the children, the complaint said Powell crashed the car into a playground and tried to flee on foot, but troopers were able to catch him. In his car, authorities have recovered a nine millimeter gun, which Powell wear to a licence for, and drug paraphernalia, the complaint said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.