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Woodbury Officer Assaulted, Suspect Tased After High-Speed Chase

Kevin Terrell Martin, 45, had two outstanding warrants in Minnesota and a total of 60 warrants in his lifetime.

A St. Paul resident was arrested on Nov. 8 for allegedly stealing food, threatening an officer with violence and fleeing a police officer by motor vehicle.

The incident occurred just after 3 p.m. at the in Valley Creek Plaza and the surrounding roadways, according to a Washington County criminal complaint filed by the .

According to the complaint, Kevin Terrell Martin, 45, walked out of Rainbow Foods without paying for "a handful" of food. When the store manager approached him and ordered him to pay for the fare, Martin yelled an expletive at the man and drove off in a silver conversion van with Indiana license plates.

The Woodbury Police Department was called and a high-speed chase ensued.

Officers chased Martin along Bielenberg Drive, Steepleview Road, Queens Drive, Lamplight Drive and Woodlane Drive, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph.

The complaint also says Martin drove through several four-way intersections and veered into oncoming traffic twice during the course of the chase.

Police caught up with Martin in the parking lot of the and ordered him down on the ground.

Martin refused the order several times, according to the complaint, and the arresting officer attempted to tase Martin twice but the suspect's jacket deflected the charge both times.

A struggle ensued, and Martin allegedly tried to knock the taser out of the officer's hand and kicked the officer, causing him to fall.

Other Woodbury officers arrived on the scene and took Martin into custody.

In a post-arrest interview, Martin admitted to stealing food from Rainbow Foods and fleeing what he knew to be a police officer.

The charges against Martin include a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor and felony.

Martin was released from custody and extradited to another jurisdiction after his arrest.

A pre-release investigation revealed that Martin had two outstanding warrants in Minnesota at the time of his arrest and a total of 60 warrants throughout his lifetime.

Eric Berg November 17, 2011 at 06:43 PM
I'm not one for adding laws to the books willy-nilly, but considering that this chumbalone sped past at least two school, there ought to be some additional charge for exceeding a speed by a certain amount within some distance of a school. Maybe that's impractical or unnecessary, but I'd hate to have a whole bunch of kids mowed over by this jackleg (or should I say, "accused jackleg", since he hasn't has his day in court?) On a bit of a facetious note, I've ridden my bike on all those roads...I'm sure the 70 mph was on Woodlane, but if he managed to make the turn from Lamplight onto Steepleview at 70mph, the lad is wasting his time with crime and should be in NASCAR or F1.
Eric Berg November 17, 2011 at 06:46 PM
I meant "two schools" ---gaaah! My old high school typing teacher is spinning in his grave right now.
Kris Janisch November 17, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Love the word "chumbalone," by the way. And Danny B. And Common, for the Woodbury connection if nothing else.
Eric Berg November 17, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Don't know if it's still the case, but Cory Cove of KFAN had some Woodbury ties. Either he was renting from one of the guys in the city planning department or renting a place to one of them.
Jason Johnson December 14, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Well at least the WOODBURY RACIAL department I mean police had something to do.
Eric Berg December 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Yeah, because the WPD lets white people shoplift, go 40 miles per hour over the speed limit, flee arrest, and fight with the officer ALL THE TIME. #sarcasm. If you're gonna play the "race card", how about you pick someone who isn't a 60 time loser.

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