A 20-year-old Minneapolis woman, Kiralynn Jade Franklin, has been charged with one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. The incident, which began in Eden Prairie on Friday, Jan. 26, led to a police pursuit that ended in Richfield.
This felony charge carries a potential maximum sentence of three years and one day in prison, and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
According to the Hennepin County criminal complaint filed Monday, law enforcement attempted to stop Franklin, who was driving a red 2011 Cadillac Escalade with a dirt-covered license plate, on Highway 212 in Eden Prairie. Franklin did not pull over, leading to a pursuit involving multiple driving violations, including ignoring traffic signs and weaving through traffic.
The pursuit ended when Franklin’s vehicle crashed into an embankment in the 6500 block of Penn Avenue South in Richfield. The crash disabled her vehicle, and Franklin fled on foot but was later located and identified. She sustained a fractured foot.
Family members told officers on the crash scene that Franklin fled because she had a warrant. A routine check confirmed Franklin had an outstanding warrant from Ramsey County for driving without a license.
Suspected narcotics were found in Franklin’s purse after she was transferred to the Hennepin County jail.
The registered owner of the Escalade that Franklin was driving was told the vehicle was totaled and had been impounded.
Franklin was released from custody on $20,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 19.
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