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Seimone Augustus blasts Roseville PD after air freshener traffic stop

Even two-time Olympic champions aren't above Roseville's air freshener law.
Even two-time Olympic champions aren't above Roseville's air freshener law.
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Lynx star Seimone Augustus claimed it ruined her Western Conference championship celebration. That seems a bit melodramatic, but still, you'd hope Roseville police officers have better things to do.

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Yesterday morning, Augustus was pulled over near the Rosedale Mall for the heinous crime of having an air freshener suspended from her rear-view mirror. She then took to Twitter to blast the Roseville PD and the arresting officer, alleging he acted unprofessionally during the traffic stop.

Here's a timeline of Augustus' tweets:

Later in the day, the Roseville PD released a statement addressing the incident:

At approximately 10:30 a.m. today (Monday, Oct. 8), an officer of the Roseville Police Department stopped a vehicle for having a suspended object between the driver and the windshield on Fairview Avenue at Highway 36. The driver of this vehicle was identified by a Louisiana photo driver's license as Seimone Augustus. During the course of this traffic stop, the officer talked with the driver about the violation, questioned Augustus about her status in Minnesota since she had out of state vehicle license plates and driver's license.

The officer ultimately warned Augustus on the violation of Minnesota Statute 169.71 Subd. 1(2) - suspended object. One of the primary missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safe passage of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use our city's streets and thoroughfares. An obstruction, such as an air freshener hanging from a car's rear view mirror can obstruct the driver's view of merging traffic or a pedestrian crossing at an intersection. Another of the missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safety of our residents and visitors. Since February 2010, the Roseville Police Department has been very proactive with enforcement activities and visibility in and around Rosedale Center. The department's stop of Ms. Augustus earlier today took place on a street adjacent to Rosedale Center.

The Roseville PD -- crackin' down on the air freshener menace, one car at a time.


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