A Blaine man, accused in Anoka County District Court of fleeing a Spring Lake Police officer, was allegedly driving drunk.
Yamieiefa Goldpin Ekiyor, 50, 1544 87th Ave. N.E., is due back in court June 12 on two felony counts of first-degree driving while impaired (DWI) and another felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
He has posted bail which was set at his arraignment May 15.
The DWI charges are felonies because Ekiyor has had four prior DWI-related offenses in the past 10 years – two in 2007, one in 2008 and a fourth in 2011, according to the complaint.
The early morning of May 12, a Spring Lake Park Police officer while on patrol on Highway 65 north of 85th Avenue N.W. spotted a driver traveling at 65 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.
The officer caught up to the motorist on Highway 65 at 87th Avenue and activated the emergency lights to pull him over.
The driver initially stopped, but then allegedly accelerated away and the officer pursued him for a block and a half before the vehicle pulled into an apartment parking lot on 87th and stopped.
The driver, later identified as Ekiyor, got out of the vehicle and ran, but was caught by the officer, who had to use the Taser when he allegedly failed to comply with commands.
The officer alleged that Ekiyor smelled of alcohol and blew a .139 on the preliminary breath test.
Ekiyor was arrested and after being read the implied consent advisory, he elected to have a urine test, which was done at Unity Hospital, with the results pending, according to the complaint.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org