Man accused of killing Sotona in court today in Minneapolis
A man accused of killing a western Wisconsin motorist while being pursued by police in Minneapolis is due in court today. 34-year-old Yia Her was charged yesterday 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 Sotona of Spring Valley in Pierce County. Sotona 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 point-16, twice the legal limit in Minnesota. He's in jail under a half-million dollar bond. Sotona'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.