Hit and run at Anoka McDonald’s results in four charges, one felony

A driver who allegedly rear-ended another motorist in the drive-through at McDonald’s in Anoka, left without stopping and then fled police has been charged with four offenses, one of them a felony, in Anoka County District Court.

Tad Allen Granby, 37, Champlin, was arraigned in court Dec. 6 on felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, two gross misdemeanor DWI counts and a misdemeanor leaving the scene of a property damage accident charge.

Granby posted bail Dec. 9 and is due back in court Jan. 8, 2014.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Dec. 4, Anoka Police officers responded to the McDonald’s, 720 West Main St., on a report of a Ford pickup truck rear ending a vehicle as it went through the drive-through, then after getting his food, left without stopping and speaking with the other driver, according to the complaint.

Armed with the license plate of the truck, an Anoka officer spotted the vehicle eastbound on Park Street, but when he caught up with it to initiate a traffic stop, the driver turned from Fremont Street on to Ferry Street and did not stop.

The officer activated his siren to try and get the truck to stop, but the driver allegedly continued along Ferry Street with the driver looking at the squad car through his driver’s side rear view mirror.

The complaint alleges the suspect drove three miles southbound on Highway 169 before turning into the driveway of his residence in Champlin.

Police could allegedly smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the truck and the eyes of the man, later identified as Granby, were bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred when the spoke.

Granby was read the state implied consent advisory and about 3:35 a.m. he agreed to take a breath test, which showed a blood-alcohol content of .20, according to the complaint.

An employee at McDonalds working the drive-through window allegedly told police she was serving the victim when Granby’s truck rear-ended the victim’s vehicle, causing it to lurch forward.

Granby allegedly appeared to be heavily intoxicated when he picked up his food and drove away without stopping.

The victim told police he was picking up his food at the drive-through when his car was struck from behind.

He pulled ahead and got out of his car, waiting for the other driver to come over, but instead the suspect spun the tires of his truck and fled and parking lot.

Peter Bodley is at
peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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