Suspect in Monticello Crash Admits to Cocaine Use

Updated: 07/25/2013 7:40 AM By: Scott Theisen

Kevin Green
Kevin Green
Photo: Photo courtesy of Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Criminal charges have been filed against a robbery suspect who led police on a chase that ended in a crash that seriously injured a Monticello man and his son.

Kevin Green, 47, is charged with two counts of fleeing police and four counts of criminal vehicular operation in Wright County. Green is also charged with one count of second-degree aggravated robbery and one count of making terroristic threats in Sherburne County in connection to a robbery at Tootsie's Tavern in Big Lake.

According to the complaint filed in Sherburne County, a woman who works the pull tab table at Tootsie's Tavern told police Green had been playing pull tabs for about three hours Monday before approaching her and demanding money. Green said he had "a .45 something" and was fumbling around his waistband, the woman told police. Green allegedly took about $460 in $20 bills from the pull tab booth drawer before walking out of the bar.

Big Lake police officers saw Green driving on Highway 25 at Broadway Street in Wright County shortly after the robbery was reported. They tried to stop Green, but he sped away.

Green refused to pull over and turned onto eastbound Broadway, making several attempts to evade officers, according to the complaint filed in Wright County. He turned onto Ramsey Street and drove onto two residential yards before continuing on Broadway in the wrong direction, traveling east in the westbound lanes.

At the intersection with County Road 18, he ran a red light and hit another vehicle traveling south, causing both vehicles to roll over, the complaint says.

Twenty-eight-year-old Travis Kolles of Monticello and his 1-year-old son, Layton Kolles, were in the other vehicle. Both were seriously injured.

Kolles' sister posted a message on Facebook Wednesday saying Travis was able to give a thumbs up, and he opened his eyes.

A preliminary breath test found that Green's blood alcohol concentration was over the legal limit, the complaint says. During the booking process, Green admitted to snorting cocaine on the day of the crash.

Green remains in the Wright County Jail. He appeared in court Wednesday. According to the Wright County Sheriff's Office his bail was set at $300,000 with conditions or $600,000 without conditions.


Donation for the Kolles Family

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