Skip to main content

Video shows police chase that ends in crash on Minneapolis playground

The June 2018 chase ended in a crash that injured three children.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released dramatic dash-cam video of a June 2018 police chase that ended with the suspect crashing into a Minneapolis playground, seriously injuring two children. 

Kabaar Powell, 27, of Richfield, refused to pull over for troopers who tried to stop him for speeding on the morning of June 11 and he led them on a six-minute chase before crashing into a a playground next to Jenny Lind Elementary School in north Minneapolis. 

Powell's SUV struck three siblings, seriously injuring a 2-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister who were playing on the basketball court. 

Warning: The video may be alarming, but it doesn't clearly show the SUV hitting the children. 

The video was released Tuesday because Powell's chance to appeal his sentence has passed.

The pursuit stirred debate about when authorities should call off a chase, but State Patrol Chief Col. Matt Langer on Tuesday said troopers involved in this chase followed operational guidelines. 

"The critical incident review board found they were within our existing policy," said Langer. "It's not comfortable to see troopers drive fast ... but there are times when their jobs require it."

Langer added that State Patrol pursuits have risen 172 percent since 2010 and that they continually review best practice policies. 

"If there was an easy solution, if there was an easy policy change that would eliminate the risk to everyone involved, we would do that," Langer said.

Related: Sign up for our daily newsletters.

Powell was charged with two counts of fleeing an officer and causing great and substantial bodily harm, two counts of criminal vehicular operation and one count of possessing a pistol without a permit. 

He pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 12.22.08 PM

Man shot inside Oakdale movie theater expected to survive

The 23-year-old victim underwent surgery and is recovering at the hospital.


Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

More cases are expected in the coming days and weeks, the health department says.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, June 29

One of the newly reported deaths was a person aged 15-19 from Yellow Medicine County.

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 10.19.37 AM

Drone drops bag of candy near kids fishing

A black SUV quickly left the area afterwards.

FLickr - AL Franken 2016 - Lorie Shaull

Al Franken to bring comedy tour to Minneapolis

Acme Comedy is hosting the former senator in late August.


Alabama replaces Toby Keith as headliner at MN music festival

The Lakefront Music Festival is set to take place in Prior Lake on July 8-9.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old who died in Maple Grove crash identified

The crash happened last Thursday on County Road 81 in Maple Grove.

Image from iOS

Shooting inside Oakdale movie theater: Suspect on the run

A 23-year-old was shot while inside theater 17 around 10 p.m.

Gov. Tim Walz and Scott Jensen.

Walz, Jensen clash over 'extreme' abortion views

The two clashed over the topic on Tuesday, following the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 12.24.27 PM

Movie filming brings memorable day for MN teen with leukemia

Ayotzin Limon-Millard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 1.25.30 PM

Police trying to ID 'Playboy bandit' and 'no-pants raider' suspect

Police are calling the unidentified man "the Playboy bandit" and the "no-pants raider."


2 kids injured as fleeing suspect crashes into Minneapolis playground

It happened Monday morning at Bohanon Park near an elementary school.

Caught on video: Trooper ends high-speed chase near St. Cloud

A state trooper used a PIT maneuver to take out the fleeing suspect.

police lights

Police chase ends with death in Elk River; driver tied to Minneapolis shooting

The driver fled and reportedly fired shots at pursuing officers during the chase.

police lights

3 dead after carjacking suspects crash during police chase in Minneapolis

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

Screen Shot 2019-08-02 at 5.21.39 PM

Major police chase ends with body found in Maple Grove lake

Several police departments chased the suspect vehicle.

joseph heroff

Man charged in chase that ended with police fatally shooting suspect

The suspect who was shot has also been identified.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Police chase in Twin Cities ends with 2 teens dead, SUV split in half

They stole the vehicle in Minneapolis and fled police in Robbinsdale.

Police chase near North Branch ends in fatal motorcycle crash

The man was identified as Jason Gene Lindman of Cambridge.