High-speed chase in Bloomington ends with DWI arrest in Eagan

A 34-year-old South Dakota man faces multiple charges following a high-speed chase that ended in Eagan.

Keith Lorenz, who has no permanent address, was arrested July 6 following the conclusion of a pursuit that began in east Bloomington. He has been charged in Hennepin County District Court with fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while impaired and refusing to submit to chemical testing.

The pursuit began as a result of a tip the Bloomington Police Department received regarding a possibly intoxicated motorist. The caller reported that a black sedan was weaving “all over the road” near the intersection of Old Shakopee Road and 34th Avenue, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers responding to the call identified a vehicle matching the description near the intersection of Old Shakopee Road and 24th Avenue. Lorenz approached a light-rail crossing as stop arms were beginning to lower. Lorenz drove past the stop arms, but stopped short of the tracks. Once the train cleared the crossing, Lorenz drove off, changing lanes without signaling, the complaint noted.

Officers then attempted to stop the vehicle, but Lorenz did not pull over. He is accused of running a red light at Lindau Lane and proceeding to Highway 77, where he went southbound at a high rate of speed. Lorenz exceeded 100 mph and swerved through traffic as officers followed in pursuit shortly after 7:20 p.m., the complaint explained.

The pursuit tallied nearly seven miles and ended when an officer used a PIT maneuver near the ramp to Interstate 35E, spinning Lorenz’ vehicle off the highway, the complaint noted.

Officers reported that Lorenz smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred his speech. He also swayed as he stood and staggered as he walked. Inside the vehicle, officers reported finding open alcohol containers and prescription medication, according to the complaint.

After being given an opportunity to speak with legal counsel, Lorenz consented to a breath test. He failed to provide an adequate breath sample in two attempts, and was advised that his conduct constituted a refusal, the complaint noted.

If convicted of fleeing, Lorenz faces up to three years and one day in jail, and a fine of up to $5,000. If convicted of driving while impaired, he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $3,000. If convicted of refusing chemical testing, he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $3,000.

Lorenz’ driving record showed that he was convicted of DWI in 2005 and convicted of fleeing a police officer in 2014, both in Hennepin County. He was also convicted of refusing chemical testing in Hennepin County in 2014, and he has three pending DWI charges in South Dakota from one incident in December 2016 and two incidents in June 2017, according to the complaint.

Car theft

A 24-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of stealing his grandmother’s vehicle and his mother’s license plates.

He was arrested July 11 in the parking lot of La Quinta Inn, 7815 Nicollet Ave., after he was found hiding in the stolen vehicle while it was parked at the motel. A police officer on patrol through the parking lot saw a man appear to duck down in the back seat of a 2014 Ford Focus as the officer passed by. A check of the license plate showed that the plate had been reported stolen in Minneapolis, according to Bloomington Deputy Chief Denis Otterness.

The officer called for assistance in removing the suspect from the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle and was arrested without incident, Otterness said.

A check of the vehicle’s identification number showed that it had been reported stolen in Aitkin County, Otterness noted.

The vehicle was reported stolen by the suspect’s grandmother on July 4. The suspect had been staying with her in McGregor, Minnesota, and helping her with household work for approximately a week when she woke up to find the car and $300 missing. The suspect’s mother in Minneapolis also reported on July 4 that the license plates on her vehicle had been switched. She was also missing a pressure washer, lawn mower, hedge trimmer and a bicycle, Otterness explained.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of stolen license plates. The items missing at his mother’s house were recovered at a Bloomington pawnshop, Otterness noted.

Invading privacy

A 24-year-old Duluth man was arrested at Mall of America, accused of attempting to use a concealed camera to take pictures under the skirts of women at the mall.

The suspect was arrested during the evening of July 8. Police officers arrested the man in the mall’s west parking ramp, where he was detained by mall security officers after trying to flee the building, Otterness said.

The suspect’s activity had not gone unnoticed, as the mall first received a report of the suspect’s suspicious activity at approximately 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Witnesses said the suspect appeared to be concealing a camera inside a hooded sweatshirt he was carrying and would attempt to take pictures by holding the camera below a woman’s skirt. In one instance captured by surveillance cameras, the suspect followed a woman onto an escalator and attempted to take a picture, Otterness explained.

When mall security officers confronted the suspect after the incident, he attempted to flee, Otterness noted.

The suspect was arrested for gross misdemeanor invasion of privacy. The booking was enhanced to a gross misdemeanor because the suspect has a prior conviction of the same nature, Otterness explained.

Indecent exposure

A 52-year-old Bloomington man has been charged with gross misdemeanor indecent exposure following an incident outside a Bloomington coffee shop.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. May 30 when a woman reported that a “creepy male” was sitting outside Starbucks, 704 W. 98th St., according to the complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.

A police officer responding to the report saw the suspect driving away from the scene. The woman provided the suspect’s license plate number, however, and officers spoke with him at his residence, the complaint noted.

The suspect said that he had been at Starbucks but did not go inside the coffee shop. It wasn’t the first time he had been questioned by the police regarding indecent exposure, as his record showed he had been contacted by the police department on two previous occasions, the complaint explained.

The woman at Starbucks reported that she was sitting by a front window inside the coffee shop when the suspect pulled up to the building and sat at an outside table near her. She said he was touching and rubbing his crotch while looking at the woman through the window, eventually putting his hands inside the front of his pants, but pulling them out when somebody would enter or leave the coffee shop, according to the complaint.

He repeated the behavior several times, prompting the call to the police, the complaint noted.

The suspect was arrested for indecent exposure in September 2010 and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was also arrested in August 2012 and pleaded guilty to indecent exposure, the complaint added.

If convicted of indecent exposure, he faces up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

 

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