Coon Rapids hit-and-run suspect appears in court

  • Updated: June 27, 2012 - 11:16 PM

A man charged in a hit-and-run accident that critically injured a 9-year-old bicyclist in Coon Rapids this month made his first court appearance Wednesday, and his attorney said he will plead not guilty.

Nathan W. Boese, 32, was charged Tuesday with criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Anoka County District Judge Daniel O'Fallon set bail at $100,000.

Boese's attorney, Steven Meshbesher, said bond was posted Wednesday afternoon, but the county attorney's office moved to keep Boese in jail for violating terms of probation from a prior conviction. Another hearing, possibly Thursday, will address whether he should be released.

Meshbesher said Boese will plead not guilty at a scheduled July 25 court appearance.

Amir Taylor of Minneapolis was riding his bicycle near his grandmother's house in Coon Rapids when he was struck around 7 p.m. June 13. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with major head injuries. His condition has since been upgraded to fair, and he was transferred Tuesday to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul to continue his rehabilitation.

Investigators spoke to Boese after being told that he had sought repairs for a vehicle matching the description of the pickup involved in the hit-and-run. He told them he was not involved in the accident, according to court documents.

After further investigation, authorities charged Boese on Tuesday and issued an arrest warrant.

He was arrested Tuesday night, something Meshbesher faulted as unnecessary because he had arranged for Boese to turn himself in Wednesday morning.

Authorities said that they had contacted Boese on Friday and that he had told them he was out of town and law enforcement would have to find him. Meshbesher said the remark was "his way of saying 'I want to consult an attorney.'"

KRIS HERNANDEZ

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