Child in critical condition after police chase ends in playground crash

June 11, 2018: Minnesota State Patrol investigates the scene where a director is exercised by the State Patrol was the difference in the Minneapolis school playground.

(Star Tribune via AP)

A child is in critical condition Tuesday after a driver being chased by police plowed his SUV through a Minneapolis children’s playground, a day earlier, striking three brothers and sisters before being caught on the foot.

Devin Brinkley, the aunt of Kayden Peltier, 2, Lillianna Peltier, 4, and Konnor Peltier, 3, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Kayden was in critical condition on the way to the surgery Monday after the incident outside Jenny Lind elementary School.

“The suspect crashed into a group of children,” the State Patrol Capt. Jason Bartell told reporters.

The police identified the driver as Kabaar W. Powell, a 27-year-old man from Richfield with a history of traffic convictions, such as driving with a suspended license and speeding. He is in prison Tuesday after being evaluated at a local hospital.

Police say they tried to stop Powell for speeding Monday on Interstate 94, but he instead took off, driving through a neighborhood before ultimately crashing into a swing in the vicinity of the school.

Brinkley told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Lilianna is in stable condition, but suffered bleeding in the brain. Konnor, police said, is less seriously injured.

Powell was caught on foot after he exited his SUV and was then jailed without bail. He is charged with fleeing from police and on suspicion of criminal vehicle operation, and a weapon was also found in the SUV, according to the newspaper.

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