VIDEO: Minnesota troopers followed pursuit procedures when suspect struck children at playground
ST. PAUL - Three Minnesota State Patrol troopers followed the agency's pursuit procedures during a high-speed chase last June that resulted in two children being struck by the suspect's vehicle, a review board said Tuesday, Dec. 4.
The chase through residential areas of north Minneapolis lasted 6 minutes and 45 seconds, reaching speeds of more than 80 mph. The suspect, Kabaar Powell, caught the attention of Trooper Albert Kuehne for speeding, seat belt violation and a possible registration violation, the State Patrol's Critical Incident Review Board said.
Troopers Jake Anderson and Michael Cariveau joined the pursuit.
The suspect vehicle failed to stop at 22 stop-sign controlled intersections during the pursuit, the report said. Powell then "intentionally veered off the roadway into a park, striking two children and some playground equipment. The troopers did not force ... the suspect off the road," the report said.
"The Board determined that the response to the incident was reasonable and the initial trooper had multiple lawful reasons to stop the vehicle and the pursuit that ensued was within MSP policy," the report concluded.
Powell was charged with two counts of fleeing an officer and causing great and substantial bodily harm, two counts of criminal vehicular operation, and one count of possessing a pistol without a permit.
Powell pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced in August to 33 months in prison, the report said.