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Duluth police officer hangs on for dear life as assailant attempts to steal his squad car

 

A police officer hung on for dear life as a 30-year-old man tried to drive away with his squad car last month, wrestling with the thief while his legs dangled out of the speeding vehicle.

Don Lee Hoven Jr., of Duluth, was charged last month with second- and third-degree counts of assault, felon possession of a firearm and use of deadly force against Duluth Officer Kaine Kaase.

 

What started as a routine call for Kaase in the early morning of April 23 turned into a wild and dangerous ride down an alley in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood thanks to a failed anti-theft mechanism, according to charges.

Kaase parked his car to investigate reports of car tampering in someone’s front yard. He saw Hoven Jr. and a female who matched the descriptions he’d been given. Hoven Jr. darted behind a nearby garage and Kaase got out of his vehicle to speak with the female.

 

According to charges, Kaase saw Hoven Jr. run toward his locked squad car and attempt to open it. As Kaase approached the would-be thief and the vehicle, the fob in his pocket unlocked the door automatically.

Hoven Jr. got into the driver’s seat, and Kaase dove in to stop him. Kaase “feared for his life” as the car accelerated and swerved into objects, apparently trying to strike the officer’s lower legs that hung out of the car, charges said.

The car hit a garage setting off the air bags. Kaase continued to fight Hoven Jr. for control of the car and pulled out his Taser. The defendant got out of the vehicle and jumped back in when Kaase exited it to apprehend him.

The officer drew his weapon on Hoven Jr., afraid that he would attempt to drive off again, charges said. Hoven Jr. eventually complied. Kaase required stitches in his hand.

According to charges, Hoven Jr. had a bullet in his possession, for which he faces additional charges because of an aggravated robbery conviction as a juvenile.

“As we honor National Police Week, we feel very fortunate that one of our officers wasn’t severely injured or killed in a recent incident,” the Duluth Police Union wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday night. “We are extremely thankful that Officer Kaase has recovered and we are honored to have him as a member of our Police Union.”

Hoven Jr. is slated to appear before a St. Louis County judge at a May 19 omnibus hearing.

 

https://www.startribune.com/duluth-police-officer-hangs-on-for-dear-life-as-assailant-attempts-to-steal-his-squad-car/570437802/

 

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1 hour ago, Historian said:

Oh man.  This happened to a Pittsburgh officer many years ago. I remember seeing his destroyed shoes.  His wedding ring caught on the door.

I never wear my ring on patrol.

I remember that incident. tom.

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Prayers for a fast and full Recovery.

 

Proximity Keys IMHO for Police cars are a bad idea in General, but this one did not fail, it worked too well.

 

 

when i was in High School a Friend of our Family pulled a truck over and the guy in the Truck grabbed the Officers Collar and tried to drag him into parked cars, no real reason, just did it.

Family friend was Okay, Guy went to jail after he resisted Arrest.

 

he Resisted a lot.

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On 5/13/2020 at 2:12 PM, Historian said:

Oh man.  This happened to a Pittsburgh officer many years ago. I remember seeing his destroyed shoes.  His wedding ring caught on the door.

I never wear my ring on patrol.

Think Armstrong, the astronaut, pulled a finger off when his ring caught on the edge of a door as he was jumping down from a truck or wagon.


It is STRONGLY recommended that jewelry including watches and rings not be worn by carpenters, machinists, mechanics, etc while working.  

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17 minutes ago, railfancwb said:

Think Armstrong, the astronaut, pulled a finger off when his ring caught on the edge of a door as he was jumping down from a truck or wagon.

 

It was an autumn day in 1979, and Neil Armstrong had been back on planet Earth for almost 10 years. A middle-aged man with a bit of a paunch, thinning hair and a need for spectacles, he was at work on his farm near Lebanon, Ohio, a terrestrial dream of rolling pasture with a brook running through it and cows grazing under big skies. As he jumped off the back of his grain truck, he caught his wedding ring on a latch, shredded his finger and tore off the tip.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/space/armstrong1.htm

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I caught my wedding ring on a load in a pickup, when I jumped down.  Then years later, I was working on a car and my wedding ring shorted between a battery connector and ground.

I didn't lose my finger, but I lost my wedding ring.  My daughter had it resized and she wears it now.

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3 minutes ago, Mrs.Cicero said:

I don't even need a ring to lose a bit of finger.  I whacked off the tip of one while quilting.  Never cut fabric with a rotary cutter while angry...

My son lost the end of his finger in a Wood Router mishap.

His wife lost the end of her same finger as a little child, riding a push reel mower, and her hand slipped.

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7 hours ago, Mrs.Cicero said:

I don't even need a ring to lose a bit of finger.  I whacked off the tip of one while quilting.  Never cut fabric with a rotary cutter while angry...

A friend can now only count to nine on his hands. He was using a radial arm saw to rip a board lengthwise (never the best tool for that job). The saw hit a knot, seized the board and drug it on through and with it my friend’s hand. 

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