Man was 5 times over legal drinking limit when he ran over a woman with his car
A 36-year-old man was five times over the legal drinking limit when he ran over a 66-year-old woman on Friday in a Bloomington Sam’s club parking lot, the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press reported. Anthony Phillip LaSalle told police that he drank a half liter or vodka that night before driving to Sam’s Club. His blood alcohol level was 0.41 which was 5 times the 0.08 legal limit. LuAnn Marie Johnson and her husband were walking across the cross walk into the store when LaSalle accelerated and knocked Johnson on the pavement, the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press reported. Johnson’s husband shouted at LaSalle to stop his vehicle but instead LaSalle continued to drive, dragging Johnson 10 feet. Johnson was rushed to the Hennepin County Medical Center and died an hour later, the Pioneer Press reported. After hitting a parked SUV and rear ending another car, police stopped LaSalle. LaSalle would not get out of the car and told police they would have to kill him, the Star Tribune reported. The Pioneer Press said that police had to use a Taser to subdue him and he was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital to treat a cut. According to police, LaSalle told them he felt the car drive over someone but continued driving. LaSalle is being charged with third degree murder and will have his first court appearance on Monday. The Star Tribune article was less detailed about LaSalle’s past where the Pioneer Press added that he was charged for driving under the influence on two other occasions and spent time in the Hennepin County Workhouse. The Pioneer Press also added that if he was convicted of third degree murder he could spend up to 25 years in prison.