Minnesota Cop Involved in Multiple Crashes including Hit-and-Run not Charged
A St. Paul police officer that was involved in an off-duty accident in April will not be charge even though it was not his first accident.
The officer, Nick Kellum, has no recollection of the hit-and-run, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report, even though there was minor damage that occurred.
Kelleum has been involved in both on- and off-duty accidents in 2018, 2015 and 2014.
After the latest accident, Kellum went to the doctor and was diagnosed with “partial epilepsy with impairment of consciousness.”
To avoid conflict of interest, Minneapolis city attorney’s office reviewed the case instead of St. Paul prosecutors, which Kellum cooperated with according to his attorney Fred Bruno.
According to Twin Cities Pioneer Press:
> "“This was ostensibly a medical issue and not a criminal event,” Bruno said Tuesday."
In February, Kellum crashed into the center barrier on Interstate 35E in his department vehicle. He was verbally reprimanded for going too fast and not paying attention.
In 2015, Kellum crashed into the Interstate 94 freeway wall which resulted in Kellum being transported to the hospital.
In 2014, Kellum ran a red light causing a crash that he fled. He pleaded guilty to running the red light.
Kellum was a part of the department's gang unit at the time, but now works in the department's video-management unit.
Kellum has admitted to having seizures in the past and has been taking medication for them since about 2003.
Kellum is also the founder and first president of the Minnesota Black Police Officers Association and received an award this year from Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) for his "for his extraordinary commitment to serving his community." He was awarded a ticket to Super Bowl LII.