Driver who crashed into Minneapolis playground, hitting 2 children, pleads guilty

An unlicensed driver has pleaded guilty to fleeing police in a chase that ended with the man plowing into a Minneapolis playground and injuring three young siblings last month.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kabaar Powell, of Richfield, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of fleeing an officer.

State troopers tried to stop Powell for speeding on Interstate 94 on June 11, but authorities say he tried to flee. He got off the highway, tore through tennis courts and smashed into the Bophanon Park playground near Jenny Lind Elementary School on the city’s north side, hitting young Kayden, Konnor and Lillianna Peltier.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman said Powell hasn’t had a valid driver’s license since 2014.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 16.

Powell’s attorney did not immediately return a phone call for comment Wednesday.


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