Saddam Samaan Daoud Samaan
HASTINGS, Minn. -- A repeat drunk driver faces years in prison, after being charged with hitting and dragging a pedestrian while intoxicated.
A criminal complaint says 32 year old Saddam Samaan Daoud Samaan was driving on Robert Trail South in Rosemount early the morning of February 7th when he drove over the curb and up on the sidewalk, where he struck a person walking. Police say Samaan continued to drive and drag the victim while bystanders pounded on the window of his vehicle screaming at him to stop.
Witnesses say Samaan then drove over a snowbank where the victim became dislodged from the car. The suspect then allegedly drove over the victim again while attempting to flee the scene.
The complaint says others who saw the incident followed the suspect's car and stopped it from entering a parking garage at a nearby apartment complex. Responding officers noted that Samaan smelled strongly of alcohol and had watery bloodshot eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI.
Officers who questioned Samaan say he admitted he didn't have a license and should not be driving. He denied knowing he hit someone.
The victim was taken to Regions Hospital with multiple rib fractures, a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and internal bleeding. His condition was listed as critical.
Police say Saddam Samaan Daoud Samaan has 3 previous driving while impaired convictions. He is charged with two counts of first degree driving while impaired, and two counts of criminal vehicular operation.
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