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Man charged with causing fatal crash during police chase

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MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - A man accused of killing a western Wisconsin motorist while being pursued by police in Minneapolis is due in court Thursday. 

34-year-old Yia Her was charged Wednesday with two felony counts of fleeing police while causing death or injury. 

Authorities said Her was being chased by a Minnesota state trooper who saw him speeding and driving drunk in downtown Minneapolis early Monday.

Prosecutors said his car drove over a sidewalk, breezed past red lights, and went the wrong way down a one-way street before colliding in an intersection with a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Brody Satona of Spring Valley in St. Croix County. 

Satona died in the crash, and his 24-year-old passenger from Stillwater was still in critical condition at last word. Both were members of a local rock music band. 

 Her is quoted as telling officers he tried escaping because he didn't want to be caught driving with a suspended license -- and he could not remember many details of his pursuit because he was drunk at the time. 

Prosecutors said Her's blood alcohol level was 0.16, twice the legal limit in Minnesota.  He's in jail under a half-million dollar bond. 

Satona's Wisconsin family has questioned the need for the chase. A State Patrol official said it's not easy to decide when pursuits should be made -- and Her should be the one at fault, not his officer.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said Her has 17 traffic violations over the last 13 years -- 10 for speeding.

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