Cambridge man charged for hitting Blaine squad car while allegedly drunk

A 57-year-old Cambridge man was charged March 5 by the city of Blaine attorney’s office for allegedly being drunk when his vehicle struck a Blaine Police squad car the evening of Feb. 21.

Blaine Officer Nathaniel Hatanpa was in the middle of a traffic stop on Highway 65 near 125th Avenue when an allegedly drunk driver struck his squad car. Nobody was hurt. The driver has been charged with three misdemeanors. Photo courtesy of Blaine Police Department

Blaine Officer Nathaniel Hatanpa was in the middle of a traffic stop on Highway 65 near 125th Avenue when an allegedly drunk driver struck his squad car. Nobody was hurt. The driver has been charged with three misdemeanors. Photo courtesy of Blaine Police Department

Raymond James Kincannon was charged with two counts of four-degree driving while impaired (DWI) and one count of inattentive driving, which are all misdemeanors.

According to the statement of probable cause, Blaine Officer Nathaniel Hatanpa was on a traffic stop on Highway 65 near 125th Avenue at 8:42 p.m. Feb. 21 with his squad lights activated.

Hatanpa was speaking with the driver he stopped when he heard a loud crash from behind and saw a vehicle drive by him at a high rate of speed, nearly striking him, before ending up in a ditch.

The Blaine Police Department reported that nobody was hurt.

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper responded to the scene and spoke to the driver of the vehicle in the ditch, Kincannon, who allegedly said he saw the squad car, but was unable to move a lane over.

The trooper allegedly smelled alcohol and Kincannon’s eyes appeared to be bloodshot and watery, so the trooper conducted a field sobriety test.

Kincannon agreed to provide a breath sample and allegedly blew a 0.13 blood alcohol concentration level.

His first court appearance is March 19.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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