Rosemount man accused of DWI, dragging pedestrian

  • Updated: February 9, 2010 - 8:00 PM

A Rosemount man was charged Tuesday with four felonies for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with his silver Mercedes and dragging him before driving over him.

Saddam Samaan Daoud Samaan, 32, is charged with two counts of first-degree driving while impaired and two counts of criminal vehicular operation. According to the criminal complaint filed in Dakota County Court, Samaan was convicted of drunken driving in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

The pedestrian, who was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul early Sunday, had multiple rib fractures, a collapsed lung, a liver laceration and stomach bleeding, the complaint said.

Police were called to 14605 Robert Trail S. in Rosemount about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the complaint. That's the address listed for Shenanigans Pub.

Witnesses told police Samaan had driven onto the sidewalk, struck the pedestrian and continued to drive as the man was being dragged and people pounded on the car window, the complaint said.

Samaan later went over a snowbank, freeing the pedestrian, who was then run over by the Mercedes' back tires, the complaint added.

Samaan drove to a nearby apartment complex, according to the complaint, but witnesses followed and kept him from leaving the area. He later told police that he did not know he had hit anyone and that he did not have a driver's license, the complaint said.

VINCE TUSS

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