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Eagan man charged with criminal vehicular operation after crashing into Starbucks

Ihar Daniliuk Photo: Dakota County
Ihar Daniliuk

Updated: August 21, 2019 02:35 PM

An Eagan man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation for an incident that resulted in him driving into a Starbucks and injuring two people.

According to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom, 44-year-old Ihar Daniliuk has been charged with one count each of criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm and criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm. 

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Daniliuk made his first court appearance on Wednesday and bail was set without conditions at $150,000 ($25,000 with conditions). 

The incident happened at about 8 p.m. Monday at the Starbucks on Central Park Commons Drive in Eagan. When officers arrived, they discovered the driver of an SUV had crashed into the south side of the building.

3 taken to hospital after vehicle drives into Starbucks in Eagan

Police said two people, 29-year-old Stanton Marvin Baldwin and 30-year-old Macy Layne Olson, at the Starbucks were hurt and taken to Regions Hospital. As of Tuesday, Baldwin was considered to be in fair condition and Olson is in good condition, according to the hospital. Olson suffered multiple lacerations to her face that required stitches, glass was found in her leg, and the fibula in her right leg was broken. Baldwin sustained a broked leg, three broken ribs, a fractured spine, internal bleeding and a dislocated hip. The full extent of his injuries are still being evaluated.

According to the criminal complaint, Eagan police officers responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven into a Stabucks, seriously injuring two people on Monday. Upon arrival, officers observed a vehicle with its front-end inside the building. An officer made contact with Daniliuk, who admitted to driving the SUV. While talking with Daniliuk, the officer noted a strong odor of alcohol. Prior to the administration of the field sobriety tests, he admitted to authorities he had been drinking two hours earlier and agreed to a preliminary breath test, which revealed an alcohol concentration of 0.18. Daniliuk was then transported to address injuries he sufferedin the crash to his foot.

Driver arrested for DWI after crash into Eagan Starbucks

Daniliuk stated to police he went to a nearby grcoery store and as he was parking his vehicle in a parking spot, he accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. Once he hit the gas pedal, he accelerated over the curb. This then caused his foot to push harder on the gas pedal, further sending the vehicle into the coffee shop. Daniliuk stated he hit a young woman and man who were sitting at a table outside the coffee shop. When he realized he hit them, he said he ran out of his vehicle to try and help them, according to the complaint.

Many other individuals were at the Starbucks during the incident and witnessed Daniliuk driving into the business. 

Daniliuk's next court appearance is set for September 18.

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