Woman crashes into laundromat, leaves scene

Robert Koch

A car exiting southbound Interstate Highway 35W at Fourth Street Southeast on June 12 climbed an embankment and crashed through a chain-link fence before coming to rest against a Marcy Holmes laundromat.
The driver, whose car’s brakes reportedly failed, injured her leg but walked away down Fourth Street before Minneapolis police arrived.
The impact scuffed the east wall of Gopher Cleaners & Launderers at 811 4th St. S.E.
“It looked like the girl had a knee cut very badly,” said Gopher Cleaners’ owner Yuo Chi.
Chi said he went inside to call 911, but the woman was gone by the time he went back outside.
A passenger remained at the scene and told police he rode from Rosedale Center with the woman, whom he knew only by first name.
The car, a 1983 Buick Regal registered to a Falcon Heights man, was towed to an impound lot.
Chi said he and neighbors are waiting for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to repair and strengthen the fence, which has been hit before.
Kent Barnare, department spokesman, said roadside fences and light posts are designed to break to alleviate impact.

In other police news:
ù Minneapolis police arrested and transported six people to the Hennepin County Jail early Saturday morning after answering a call about a loud party in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood.
Police arrived at 612 11th Ave. S.E. shortly after 2:30 a.m. and arrested the party-goers after they allegedly refused to leave the house. One person pushed an officer, according to the police report.
All six were arrested and booked for obstructing the legal process, a misdemeanor offense.
Minneapolis Police Lt. Steve Kincaid said the person who allegedly pushed the officer could face fourth-degree assault charges.

ù An apartment tenant in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood thwarted a burglar early Monday morning by yelling at the man and alerting neighbors.
A neighbor called police after hearing breaking glass and what he believed to be a fight between a man and a woman at the building on the 600 block of Fourth Avenue Southeast.
When police arrived, the burglar had left. The suspect broke a screen and a window in his attempt to enter the apartment.

ù Thieves broke into the Murphy Warehouse Co. at 700 24th Ave. S.E. on June 13 and used forklifts to load a semitrailer with merchandise.
The loss was extensive, according to the police report.
The Minneapolis-based company stores domestic and international goods at its 24th Avenue warehouse.

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