Charges: Serial drunk-driver plowed into crowd outside St. Paul restaurant

Three people were hit, including a woman who was pinned against the building.
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Eric Kenny Hagerman

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.

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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. 

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