North Minneapolis YMCA, blog post by John Hoff
On September 9, St. Paul resident Yia Her fled from State Troopers. In his flight, he hit a vehicle containing Brody Sotona and Connor Macklin. Click here for the criminal complaint against Her.
Sontona was killed. Macklin, who is the aquatics director at the North Minneapolis YMCA, is making a slow and difficult recovery, click here for STrib article.
I was unaware of the North Minneapolis connection to this story until I caught the STrib article about Macklin's recovery. Some of Macklin's kids were involved in the famous "Hot Cheetos and Takis" song which "went viral" and was viewed all over the world. Macklin was one of the first to tell everybody he knew about the video, helping start what would become an avalanche of popularity.
The criminal complaint says Her was going 70 in a 55 mph zone when he blew past a State Trooper. A license plate check showed the owner of the vehicle to have a suspended license. The chase continued through downtown Minneapolis where...
...the driver took out some bushes and landscaping, crossed the sidewalk, and went the wrong way down one-way streets. The chase continued on Central Avenue. It was on Fourth Street Southeast when the chase ended with Her hitting another vehicle, and pushing that vehicle nearly half a block.
Her's blood alcohol level was .16
Her's address on the criminal complaint is 522 Van Buren Ave., St. Paul.
The usual debate is taking place about how high speed police chases are probably a bad idea. This doesn't appear to stop the chases from actually happening.