Fleeing driver refuses to pull over at 5 mph

A 27-year-old Apple Valley man was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired following a brief pursuit in east Bloomington that ended anticlimactically.

A patrol officer observed the suspect’s vehicle speeding on Old Shakopee Road shortly before 10 p.m. July 17. After the suspect ran a red light at the intersection of Old Shakopee Road and Killebrew Drive, the officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect ran another red light in turning around on Killebrew Drive and returning to Old Shakopee Road. The pursuit continued toward Highway 77 when the driver slowed down to approximately 5 miles per hour near 88th Street, according to Bloomington Police Cmdr. Kim Clauson.

The suspect didn’t pull over, however, but instead continued rolling forward slowly while extending his arms out of the window. The officer pulled alongside the vehicle and instructed the suspect to pull over, but was met with a blank stare, Clauson said.

The officer then conducted a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle and arrest the suspect without incident, she added.

During booking at the Bloomington jail, the suspect said he had been using narcotics and was taken to the hospital for treatment. A search warrant was obtained for a blood sample from the suspect, Clauson noted.

In addition to being arrested for DWI, the suspect was booked on suspicion of fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

First-degree DWI

A 58-year-old Eden Prairie motorcyclist with a history of DWI was arrested in Bloomington.

The suspect was observed speeding at approximately 7:45 p.m. July 15 near the intersection of American Boulevard and Xerxes Avenue. A traffic stop was conducted near Northland Drive and American Boulevard, and the police officer determined that the suspect’s driving status had been canceled, Clauson said.

The suspect failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired. He was booked on suspicion of first-degree DWI due to three convictions during the past 10 years. He was convicted in September 2009, July 2011 and October 2013, Clauson noted. His preliminary blood-alcohol concentration was .17, she said.

Unwise decision

An unwelcome customer at the Bloomington Walmart store resulted in the arrest of a non-compliant predatory offender with two outstanding warrants.

The 31-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested during the morning of July 14 near the intersection of Portland Avenue and American Boulevard, where he was waiting for a bus, according to Clauson.

The suspect was known to Walmart employees, as he was cited for trespassing in January and was unwelcome to return. A Walmart employee reported the suspect’s visit to the store and provided a description of his clothing. He left before police officers arrived, but was spotted at the nearby bus stop, Clauson explained.

The suspect had failed to register his residency as required, given his status as a predatory offender, which the police department confirmed with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at the time of his arrest, she noted.

Card fraud

Two 28-year-old Chicago women who were eager to make a purchase from the Urban Outfitters store at Mall of America were arrested on suspicion of financial transaction card fraud.

Police officers were dispatched to the store at approximately 4:20 p.m. July 15 after two women attempted to make a purchase with a suspended credit card, Clauson said.

The duo had visited the store earlier in the day and attempted to use several credit cards to make a purchase, all of which were declined. An account holder of at least one of the declined cards was notified of the attempted transactions, and in turn contacted the store to report the attempted fraud, Clauson explained.

Knowing of the fraud, a store manager reported the duo’s second attempt to make a purchase. Although the women had left the store before a police officer arrived, an officer patrolling the parking ramp spotted a woman seated inside a Jeep. The woman matched the description of one of the suspects, and a second woman was seated in the vehicle with her, according to Clauson.

The officer approached the women, asked for their identification and asked questions about their activity. He also compared the women to surveillance video images of the Urban Outfitters duo while questioning them. Inside the Jeep, the officer spotted a piece of paper with several credit card numbers, names and addresses written on it. The officer asked to see the contents of the driver’s purse, and she complied. Inside, there were eight debit cards that appeared to be fraudulently created, Clauson said.

When asked about the cards and credit card information, the women said that they had been using stolen credit card information to make fraudulent cards, and that they had only been successful in making one purchase for $1,000 worth of gift cards, Clauson added.

Following their arrest, a search of their vehicle turned up the gift cards and six more debit cards, she noted.


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