State Patrol stop captured on traffic camera nets two arrests

Police found cocaine, ecstasy, meth, and an open can of beer when they pulled over the vehicle.

State Patrol traffic stop and arrest (MNDOT video screen capture)

MNDOT cameras captured the arrest of suspects by State Patrol early Thursday morning on I-94 near 42nd Avenue North in Minneapolis, one of whom was later charged with DWI and narcotics. The other, who was recently released from prison, had been wanted on a warrant.

Dispatch audio from about 1:30 a.m. Thursday indicated that a trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle that was slow to stop. The vehicle finally pulled over and the driver was ordered out of the vehicle.

MNDOT traffic camera video from the location showed the driver exit the vehicle and walk backward toward the trooper. The driver then laid face down on the ground with his hands in the air behind him as a trooper approached from behind. Movement could be seen in and near the suspect vehicle, and dispatch audio indicated that the trooper requested back up from Minneapolis police officers.

The trooper eventually indicated that all parties had been detained.

Charges say the driver of the vehicle, Dashay Dontay Williams, 31, of north Minneapolis has been charged with felony narcotics, two gross misdemeanor counts of DWI, and misdemeanor counts of open bottle and driving after revocation.

According to the charges, the incident began because the vehicle Williams was driving turned through a red light near Lyndale Avenue North and Olson Memorial Hwy and then sped away at up to 100 mph. After being detained, Williams began yelling and banging on the squad windows, so a field sobriety test could not safely be conducted. Williams also refused a preliminary breath test. A white powdery substance was found in the driver’s door handle cubby that field tested positive for cocaine along with pills that field tested positive for MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamine. There was also a half-full 16-ounce can of beer in the driver’s side center console cup holder.

After making an initial court appearance on Friday, Williams was released from custody with no bail required. Williams has eleven prior convictions including four felonies as well as convictions for DWI, carrying a gun without a permit, and several convictions for driving after suspension.

Dashay Dontay Williams, left, and Tyberis Daquan Lamont Day. (Hennepin County Jail and Minnesota Department of Corrections)

Also arrested was Tyberis Daquan Lamont Day, 25, of Minneapolis who was booked into custody on a bench warrant out of Bloomington on charges of gross misdemeanor giving false information to police and misdemeanor theft, as well as a Department of Corrections (DOC) hold. Day is currently under intensive supervised release by the DOC after having just been released from prison in October.

Day has eleven prior convictions including five felony convictions that include second-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated robbery, fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, fifth-degree narcotics, and aiding/abetting theft.

Day made a court appearance on the Bloomington charges on Friday and remained in jail as of Saturday night. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 20.

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