A man with four previous DWI convictions was arrested and charged with felony DWI after crashing into a group of people outside a restaurant/nightclub in St. Paul on Sunday.
According to charging documents, Eric Kenny Hagerman, 29, of St. Paul, crashed a 2005 Chevy Impala into a crowd that was gathered outside Hunan Garden at 380 Cedar Street around 1:45 a.m., just before bar close.
Police say Hagerman turned from 6th Street at a fast speed before veering across light rail tracks directly towards two off-duty St. Paul police officers. The officers jumped out of the way but the vehicle hit multiple people and pinned a woman against the outside wall of the building.
The woman was transported to Regions Hospital where she was treated for a knee injury and a puncture wound to her leg. Fortunately, she didn't suffer any broken bones.
Another woman went to the hospital with back and neck pain, a headache and bruises to her hands, buttocks, arms and elbows.
Hagerman remained in the driver's seat immediately after the crash, with the off-duty officers attempting to get him out of the car as a "large, angry crowd" approached. One man tried to attack Hagerman, the charging documents state, prompting an officer to use repellent spray to move the crowd back.
All the while, Hagerman showed signs he'd been drinking, the charges state.
Hagerman was arrested for driving with a canceled license and charged with two counts of first-degree DWI, although an officer suspected Hagerman may have also been impaired by a mood-altering drug.
A blood sample was taken but results of have not been released.
In an interview with investigators Hagerman denied driving the vehicle and then asked for a lawyer.
The criminal complaint notes that Hagerman was arrested three times by St. Paul police for DWI in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and once by the Minnesota State Patrol in 2013.