Robbinsdale City Council member charged with fleeing police, DWI
Police arrested Robbinsdale City Council member Tyler Kline after a wrong-way crash and a pursuit.
A criminal complaint states that police responded to a report of a crash caused by a driver going the wrong way near Highway 100 northbound at Brooklyn Boulevard just after 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Officers determined the suspect vehicle to be a gray Dodge Caravan after it drove away from the crash and traveled southbound in the northbound lanes.
The complaint continues to state that a Crystal Police Officer spotted the van going south in the northbound exit lane of Highway 100 to France Avenue North.
The officer switched on the emergency lights of his squad car and tried to stop the vehicle from entering the highway.
The complaint states that Kline made eye contact with the officer and fled by driving around the squad car.
Kline then continued heading south in the northbound lanes of Highway 100, and a Crystal Police Sergeant tried a maneuver to stop the vehicle. The van, still driving in the opposite lane, then exited Highway 100 at County Road 81.
Police said they then drove a squad car into the van to stop the pursuit.
Kline was then physically removed from the van after police said he refused commands from officers. He reportedly smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and poor balance.
Police arrested Kline and took him to the New Hope Police Department where he blew a 0.20 blood alcohol concentration.
His first court appearance is currently set for Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m.