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Distracted Driving Causes Crash on Xerxes

A roundup of crimes and incidents reported to the Minneapolis Police Department on Sept. 16 and 17.

On Monday, a careless CARAG resident plowed into a parked car on the 4700 block of Xerxes.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the driver admitted to police that she's been checking her smartphone just before the crash, according to a report filed with the Minneapolis Police Department on Monday.

"She stated that the next thing she knew, she'd rear-ended a parked car," the report noted.

The impact was so strong, the victim car lurched forwards and came to rest against another parked car on the same block.

Sept. 17

One driver at the corner of William Berry Parkway and Richfield Road was cited for driving after having their license suspended when a license plate scanner mounted on a police cruiser identified the arrestee's car.

A Linden Hills driver awoke to an unusual sight on Monday morning—their new Cadillac Escalade sitting on cinderblocks outside their home. Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, the driver had parked their car on the 3700 block of West Lake Calhoun Parkway, and gone inside. The next morning at about 7 a.m., the SUV's tires and rims had been removed during the night by unknown perpetrators. The report filed with the Minneapolis Police Department did not note if the crime scene produced any useable evidence.

An Excelsior resident was arrested and booked into the Hennepin County Jail around 3 a.m. for driving while intoxicated on 36th Street West.

Sept. 16

A minivan parked on the 4500 block was ransacked by thieves while its owners were at church. The vehicle's owners say they thought they'd locked the doors, but weren't sure as there was no sign of forced entry.

Around 7:45 p.m., a 68-year old Phillips resident walked into the police department's Fifth Precinct station to report that he had just been assaulted on the 5800 block of Blaisdell Avenue South. The report states that he had cuts on his forehead and blood on his shirt, but the man refused medical assistance.

A Kingfield resident loaned a car to her ex-boyfriend's friend on Saturday, and called police after the borrower returned the car on Sunday with its front right windshield broken, and right rear door window shattered, and steering column punched. When the victim called the friend about damage, the man allegedly swore at her.

Police discovered that one driver involved in an accident at 50th and Ewing had no current registration.

A driver parked on the 3200 block of Nicollet Avenue South was cited for having out-of-date tabs on their car. The car was impounded.

A resident of the 5300 block of Lyndale Avenue South called police to report that someone had been calling their workplace repeatedly over the last 20 days. The caller allegedly threatened and harassed the Tangletown resident.

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