Minneapolis driver charged with fleeing trooper in fatal crashMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors charged a drunken driving suspect Wednesday with fleeing a Minnesota state trooper in downtown Minneapolis and crashing into a car, killing an aspiring rock musician from western Wisconsin.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors charged a drunken driving suspect Wednesday with fleeing a Minnesota state trooper in downtown Minneapolis and crashing into a car, killing an aspiring rock musician from western Wisconsin.
Yia Her, 34, of St. Paul was charged in Hennepin County court with two felony counts of fleeing a peace officer resulting in injury or death. He was in jail Wednesday, with bail set at $500,000.
According to the charges, Her did all he could to elude capture, including running red lights, driving through shrubbery and going the wrong way on one-way streets. The charges also say Her was driving with a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, twice Minnesota's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The patrol said Her took off when the trooper pulled him over for speeding and appearing to drive impaired in downtown Minneapolis early Monday. Her led the trooper on a three-minute chase before colliding with a car across the Mississippi River.
The other driver, 20-year-old Brody Sotona of Spring Valley, Wis., was killed. His passenger and fellow Crush band member, Connor Macklin, 24, of Stillwater, was in critical condition Wednesday, the Star Tribune reported.
After his arrest, Her acknowledged he ran because he didn't want to get caught driving with a suspended license, according to the complaint. He also said he couldn't remember many details of the chase because he was drunk, the complaint said.
Sotona's family has criticized the patrol's pursuit of Her. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday "it's one of those really, really tough calls" for officers to make about when to press on in pursuit of a suspect and when to call it off.
Her's driving record in Minnesota includes at least 17 violations since 2001, with 10 of those for speeding, the newspaper reported. He also has been cited for driving without a license.
Her is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.