MINNEAPOLIS – in A non-licensed driver, who is on the run was Minnesota state troopers did not use his brakes or slow down when he plowed through a basketball court, which is about two children who were playing with their father and two other siblings, according to charges filed Wednesday.
The prosecutors said Kabaar Powell, 27, was driving with a speed of more than 80 km / h through residential areas Monday during the chase, raising questions about whether troopers should be following him with that speed.
It is not clear how quickly Powell was when he hit the children, but the police dashcam video shows the father only had four seconds to collect his children — including one in a pram and try to run it.
“It’s just tragic that his negligent and criminal driving resulted in serious injuries to these two children,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Powell completely ran over 2-year-old Kayden Peltier, causing life-threatening injuries, and partially ran over his 4-year-old sister, Lillianna, according to the charges.
Kayden’s injuries include fractures to his pelvis and neck, and intracranial bleeding. 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. Another brother, 3-year-old Konnor, had minor injuries.
Powell faces several charges, including flight from a peace officer, criminal vehicle operation, and carrying a gun without a permit.
Online court records do not have a lawyer for Powell to respond to his name. He is expected to appear in court Thursday.
According to the indictment, troopers saw Powell speeding and not wearing a seatbelt on Interstate 94 Monday morning. She tried to stop him, but he fled to residential streets. The complaint said Powell walked by at least 22 traffic signs during the 6-minute chase.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville said he could not comment on the question or troopers followed exercise protocols, saying: it is part of an active investigation.
The agency guidelines state that a pursuit must be discontinued when there is a “clear and unreasonable hazard” for the trooper, fleeing motorist or others. The guidelines also say troopers should consider the end of the chase, if the underlying violation is a misdemeanor or non-violent crime and it is possible to identify the suspect later.
The policy makes no mention of high-speed chases in residential areas.
Freeman was critical of the chase on residential streets.
“If their policy really permits for this kind of chase, I think it would need to be assessed,” he said. “I would prefer to see that road many times than be the cause of this type of injury. … The life of people, if these kids’ lives are much more important than the capture of this man.”
Neville Powell said no valid driver’s license since 2014. In 2015, Powell was convicted for driving with a suspended license, and he has a conviction dating back to 2010 for speeding and not having the correct type of license.
The vehicle Powell was driving on Monday was also involved in a chase with the state patrol on Friday. In that case, the driver left.
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