Robbinsdale Council Member Pleads Not Guilty to DWI, Fleeing Police
Robbinsdale city council member Tyler Kline has pleaded not guilty to charges of fleeing police and driving drunk.
He entered the pleas in court on Wednesday. A jury trial is scheduled for June.
The incident happened in the early morning hours of January 24. MN-DOT cameras show a vehicle that police say was driven by Kline going the wrong way on Highway 100. The video shows Kline driving around police squad cars before officers rammed into the vehicle and stopped it. Officers then forcibly removed Kline from the driver’s seat. Kline faces two gross misdemeanors and one felony charge for the incident.
The city charter calls for the removal of a council member if the council member is convicted of a felony while in office. It also calls for the removal of a council member if there is a petition from residents living in that council member’s ward. Former Mayor Regan Murphy says he is working on a petition to remove Kline from office, and if there is a special election, he will run to represent Ward 1.