Skip to main content

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

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

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.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

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. 

Next Up

CPAP masks

2 Park Nicollet employees convicted of embezzling $500,000

The pair worked at a CPAP clinic in St. Louis Park.

Concert

No Jingle Ball this year? Twin Cities left off iHeartRadio holiday tour

The annual touring event usually visits the Xcel Energy Center.

Target store

Target gives first look at some of its Deal Days discounts

The Minneapolis retailer is holding its Deal Days event earlier than ever, in an attempt to drive sales after a turbulent year.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 11.03.12 AM

Man dies after crashing truck into western Wisconsin lake

The victim was unable to make it to shore despite being able to get out of his truck.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Sheriff: Man who didn't return to campsite died in ATV crash

It happened at the Foothills State Forest and Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area

Richard Liu, aka Liu Qiangdong

Chinese billionaire settles lawsuit over alleged rape in Minneapolis

The tech billionaire was accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in 2018.

US Navy Flickr - COVID hospital PPE nurse

Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.

19050650853_a4a6377429_k

Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.

Kim Crockett

GOP candidate Kim Crockett won't commit to accepting election result

Crockett has been a proponent of conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 presidential election.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.41.39 AM

Charges: Man carjacked father, daughter as they loaded groceries outside Cub

The father grappled with the suspect after he had pointed a gun at his daughter.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 8.25.27 PM

Pilot, brother and sister killed when plane crashed into house are ID'd

The plane crashed into a house in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 7.18.52 PM

Rolled semi, livestock on freeway interchange in Woodbury

Traffic cameras showed what appeared to be hogs on the side of the road.

Related

Elizabeth Renee Jacobson

Drunk driver who killed deputy's wife is charged with 2 more DWIs

The 34-year-old woman was arrested following a pursuit on June 18.

Screen Shot 2021-03-11 at 10.11.33 AM

Police: Drunk driver plows through pickleball courts in Waite Park

The charges were filed this week, months after the incident.

Evonne Sharkey

Woman charged in strangulation murder of St. Paul man

The woman told investigators that she was fighting off the man.

Adeyemi Dean Jr.

Charges: St. Paul man stabbed his mother 68 times

The woman was found in her apartment in April.

10 scary drunk-driving stories from Thanksgiving weekend

Minnesota's Department of Public Safety revealed some scary incidents.

Dustin Lee Hicks

Charges: Driver was drunk in fatal crash after Snoop Dogg concert

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Saturday after the concert at Treasure Island.

Michael Maguire

Eagan mayor charged with DWI after getting stuck in snowbank

The four-term mayor was arrested for DWI on Jan. 11.