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St. Paul Mayor hit by drunk driver

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was involved in a car accident Thursday evening when a drunken law school student rear-ended him at a red light. At the time, Coleman was riding in a city vehicle with his police escort after leaving a forum at Mount Olivet Baptist Church in St. Paul. No one was injured in the accident and Coleman returned to his job as Mayor today. After the accident, scene was cleared by police, Abbie Raymond, 22, of St. Paul was booked into the Ramsey County jail. Raymond, a student at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, was charged with a gross misdemeanor of driving while under the influence of alcohol. A Breathalyzer test taken by Raymond at the accident scene registered a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit at a 0.26 percent. The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m. while Raymond was traveling with another intoxicated passenger in her Honda sedan. Raymond’s sedan impacted Coleman’s unmarked black Crown Victoria while traveling between five and 10 miles an hour.

This another article where the Pioneer Press went above and beyond the Star Tribune. I’m beginning to think that if it doesn’t happen in Minneapolis, the Tribune doesn’t really care as much. Then again, St. Paul is the Press’s main beat and they should not be out done on their home turf. The Tribune and Press stories were similar in every aspect except one: the Press’s writer dug a little into Mayor Coleman’s history and reported on how this is “not Coleman's first bump in the road since he was elected.? It turns out that Coleman was involved in an accident back in April of 2006.While driving his son, Coleman’s vehicle was hit when a car full of “young people? spun out of its lane on Interstate 94 and clipped the mayor’s vehicle.

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