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Charges: Woodbury man was driving 100 mph before crashing into occupied vehicle

A Woodbury man who allegedly sped through a red light on a city street before crashing into a vehicle and injuring its two occupants made his first court appearance in December.

Saeed Khan, 42, was arraigned Dec. 23 on one charge of criminal vehicular operation stemming from a November 2012 incident that authorities said left one victim with long-term medical problems.

A criminal complaint filed in November 2013 describes the incident like this:

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called Nov. 8, 2012, to Inwood Avenue and Fourth Street North in Lake Elmo for a crash with injuries.

Khan was identified as the driver of one of the two vehicles involved and told a deputy he was “completely at fault.”

He admitted to the deputy that he was driving more than 80 mph just prior to the crash. Two witnesses, including an off-duty Minneapolils police officer, had witnessed Khan’s vehicle speeding eastbound along 10th Street, where it ran a red light before heading south on Inwood Avenue.

The witnesses – one of whom said Khan was driving more than 100 mph – followed the vehicle and later identified it at the crash site.

Both crash victims were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. One victim sustained major facial fractures, eye damage, and continues to suffer from ongoing physical, emotional and mental pain, the complaint states.

In an interview with police, Khan said he was driving recklessly because he was “upset and depressed over recent personal problems,” according to the complaint.

Khan returns to court on Thursday, Jan. 9.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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