Driver Suspected of Hitting, Killing Wayzata Officer had License Revoked

September 08, 2017 10:43 PM

Records show that Beth Freeman, the motorist suspected of hitting and killing Wayzata Police Officer William Mathews Friday afternoon, had a revoked license and a history of traffic violations.

Freeman is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail on probable cause criminal vehicular homicide. Hennepin County will decide whether to formally charge her sometime next week.

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Freeman's roommate, who asked 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS not to identify him, said he let Freeman borrow his Nissan Murano to go to her brother's house.

He received a phone call from Freeman just after 12:30 p.m.

"She said, 'I hit a policeman," the man said. "I said, 'What do you mean you hit a cop?' She was beside herself."

According to court documents, Freeman had her license revoked in October 2016 as someone inimical to public safety, meaning she's had a history of moving violations.

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Freeman petitioned to have her license reinstated in February of this year. A Hennepin County Judge upheld the license revocation in March, according to court records.

Freeman has been charged and convicted for multiple traffic violations since 1987:

  • In 2015, she was charged with passing on right when prohibited and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2015, she was charged with speeding and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2010, she was charged with a seatbelt violation and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2009, she was charged with driving with a cancelled license and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2005, she was charged with driving without possession of a license and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2004, she was charged with driving without possession of a license and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2004, she was charged with driving with a cancelled license and was ultimately convicted. 
  • In 1996, she was charged with driving under the influence and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 1987, she was charged with aggravated driving and was ultimately convicted.

Freeman has other convictions including theft, possession of controlled substances and check forgery.

  • In 2016, she was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2008, she was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2007, she was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2006, she was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2003, she was charged with theft and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2002, she was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2001, she was charged with check forgery and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 2000, she was charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was ultimately convicted.
  • In 1998, she was charged with theft and was ultimately convicted
  • In 1998, she was charged with theft and was ultimately convicted
  • In 1998, she was charged with theft over $500 and was ultimately convicted

The Minnesota State Patrol is currently investigating the collision to determine possible charges.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said Freeman will be booked in the Hennepin County Jail.

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