I-494 chase after cop shooting was case of mistaken identity [VIDEO] [UPDATE]
Thanks to his green car and suspicious behavior, officers thought Kellum (pictured) might be a cop killer.
-- Update including details on the charges Kellum faces on page two --
Original post (August 1) -- In the chaotic moments after Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick was gunned down in West St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon, authorities released a bulletin asking people to be on the lookout for a green Pontiac car belonging to the suspect, Brian Fitch, who was still on the loose.
A short time later, an officer spotted a green car "suspiciously" pulling off a trail not meant for automobiles in Mendota. The driver didn't stop when an officer turned his flashers on, and soon, what looked like half the cops in the Twin Cities were following him down Interstate 494.
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Here's video of the chase and its aftermath, which included one squad sideswiping the car off the road before about a dozen officers approached it with guns drawn:
Officers take driver of suspect into custody. Possible connection to fatal shooting of officer today in W St Paul pic.twitter.com/m73e0MW5qI-- John Croman (@JohnCroman) July 30, 2014
But turns out the Saturn-driving suspect, later identified as 46-year-old Steven Kellum, had nothing to do with the shooting.
State Patrol spokesman Jesse Grabow tells us officers quickly realized Kellum wasn't the man they were looking for. Nonetheless, he was arrested not only for fleeing officers, but also because he refused to take a sobriety test and had unspecified drugs and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.
Kellum was booked into Washington County Jail. A jail official tells us he's due in court today and has already been charged, though our attempts to obtain the criminal complaint have gone for naught as this is published.
Talk about being in the wrong place, at the wrong time, while driving the wrong car. We can't imagine what an allegedly intoxicated Kellum was thinking as a horde of gun-toting cops approached him.
(Click to page two for an update.)
:::: UPDATE :::: Kellum faces felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and cocaine possession, and a gross misdemeanor charge of refusing to submit to a chemical test.
The criminal complaint suggests Kellum was high on cocaine when he was finally apprehended by authorities. He told officers he fled because he didn't have a valid driver's license.
Read the charges for yourself:
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