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West Hennepin Public Safety Report
Delano Herald Journal, Friday, April 9, 2021

March 26 - Abandoned vehicle - 2700 block CR 92, Independence. A vehicle was parked on the shoulder of the road for over a day. Vehicle owner was contacted. It was his daughter’s car – she had a flat tire, and the vehicle would be removed.

March 26 - Scam attempt - 1700 block Howard Ave., Maple Plain. Caller stated he was from Amazon and the resident’s Amazon order was sent to an address in CA. Caller asked if resident had a computer in front of her and she did not. As she was hanging up, she could hear the male laughing and talking in the background. Resident does not use Amazon and Amazon does not call. This was a scam attempt.

March 26 - Grass fire - 2200 block S. Lake Sarah Dr., Independence. A windrow of leaves along the property roadway started on fire. Most likely started by the mower, as the caretaker was mowing and cleaning around trees. MPFD extinguished fire.

March 26, 8:22 p.m. - Fleeing peace officer - Baker Park Rd./Hwy. 12, Independence. Traffic light signal was red. A vehicle entered the intersection, accelerated, rapidly reaching 71 mph in a 55 mph zone, traveling eastbound on Hwy. 12. Vehicle reached speeds up to 120 mph, and passed numerous cars on the shoulder traveling over 100 mph. Officer lost view of the vehicle, and stopped the pursuit. Minnetonka PD located the fleeing vehicle, which struck two spike strips. Vehicle crashed into two vehicles and a MTC bus. The driver was Phillip Brian Halliday, 32, from Minneapolis. The driver exited the vehicle through the sunroof. Halliday was arrested, transported, and booked into Hennepin County Jail, charged with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

March 27 - Debris in roadway - Hwy. 12/Valley Rd., Independence. Caller witnessed a tree falling, and thought it struck a trailer being pulled by a truck, but the truck did not stop. The tree was removed from the roadway, as it was partially blocking the lane of traffic.

March 28, 10:10 a.m. - Theft from motor vehicle - 5200 block Bryantwood Dr., Maple Plain. Victim found a silver floor jack under the passenger side of his vehicle with his vehicle lifted. Fresh hacksaw cuts were found in the metal and the catalytic converter had been removed.

March 29 - Traffic complaint - Hwy. 12/CR 90, Independence. Reported a tractor trailer driven slowly on Hwy. 12 is dragging a loose tarp. The area was checked, and deputy was unable to locate the tractor trailer.

March 29 - Road debris - CR 90/Hwy. 12, Independence. A caution sign: “road work ahead” had blown over and was partially in the eastbound lane of Hwy. 12/CR 90. Officer removed the sign from the roadway, and placed it in the ditch. Construction crew was notified status of their sign.

March 29 - Grass fire - 120 block of CR 19, Independence. Reported a large brush fire, 100 yards long by eight-feet, active flames six to seven feet high. Maple Plain Fire extinguished the fire. Source of the fire was from a tree arcing in the power lines.

March 30 - Bleeding - 1500 block Howard Ave., Maple Plain. Male was unable to stop bleeding, and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

March 30 - Illegal dumping - CR 11/Lake Haughey Rd., Independence. A couch was dumped in the ditch. Hennepin County Maintenance was notified to pick up the love seat in the ditch that the owners no longer loved.

March 30 - Identity theft - 700 block Kuntz Dr., Independence. Resident reported someone opened a bank debit card in her name, and she received the card in the mail. Resident contacted her bank who stated she is not out any money, and they would cancel the card. Resident advised to check the ftc.gov website for more information on how to protect herself against identity theft. Also, to check if any other cards have been opened in her name.

March 31- Scam attempt - 5400 block Bryant Street, Maple Plain. Caller stated they are border control, and they received a package of contraband and money in resident’s name. If he calls the police, they are going to arrest him. Resident was advised the call was a scam attempt, and to block the phone number and report it to the ftc.gov.

There were 18 contacts of citations, and verbal and written warnings were issued for traffic and equipment violations.