Hearing Postponed For Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Death of Wayzata Officer

Beth Freeman Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Beth Freeman

December 05, 2017 01:46 PM

The woman accused of driving the vehicle that hit and killed a Wayzata police officer on Sept. 8 was due in court Tuesday, but her next hearing was postponed until Jan. 18.

Beth Freeman has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of driving after cancellation of her driver's license.


Officer Bill Mathews was struck and killed on U.S. Hwy. 12 as he was picking debris off the road. 

According to the criminal complaint against Freeman, field sobriety tests were not administered until around an hour and 15 minutes after the vehicle she was driving struck Mathews, whom the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said died from multiple blunt force injuries.

Those tests allegedly indicated the influence of a controlled substance was "evident." Those signs reportedly included an elevated pulse, constricted pupils and difficulty counting backward. It also alleges a search warrant was obtained for her vehicle, and that search turned up drug paraphernalia from the passenger glove compartment, which tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

The complaint also alleges that in a post-Miranda interview, Freeman admitted to talking on her phone and receiving text messages prior to the incident.


Frank Rajkowski

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