Police chase ends in crash, arrest of Apple Valley man

An Apple Valley man accused of leaving the scene of a two-vehicle crash — and then leading police on a chase that ended in another crash — is facing multiple charges in district court.

A breath test administered by police following his arrest revealed Clark M. Kronberg, 42, had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.31, nearly four times the legal limit.

According to the criminal complaint, a Burnsville officer responded to a crash in the area of Nicollet Avenue and McAndrews Road just before 7:30 a.m. on March 17.

There, a driver reported another vehicle had rear-ended him and left the scene without exchanging any information. The driver who remained at the scene reported he believed the other driver was intoxicated.

The Burnsville officer located the suspect vehicle — driven by Kronberg — at McAndrews Road and County Road 5, and activated his emergency sirens and overhead lights to stop the vehicle, the complaint said.

Kronberg did not pull over, and instead turned onto westbound County Road 42.

With the officer pursuing at 60 mph and Kronberg’s vehicle increasing its distance from the squad car, the officer deactivated his lights and siren — in compliance with Burnsville police’s pursuit policy — but continued to observe Kronberg’s vehicle.

Kronberg pulled into the left turn lane at the intersection of County Road 42 and Southcross Drive, swerved briefly, then rear-ended another vehicle stopped in the turn lane, the complaint said.

Other officers arrived on the scene and Kronberg, the vehicle’s sole occupant, was placed under arrest.

“Officers detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from Defendant and observed that his speech was slurred, he had poor balance, his eyes were bloodshot and his pants were urine soaked,” the complaint said. “Because of his obvious impairment, roadside sobriety testing was not completed.”

Kronberg was booked into the Dakota County Jail, where he remained in custody as of March 30 with bail set at $15,000.

He’s been charged with fleeing a police officer, a felony, along with two counts of third-degree DWI, a gross misdemeanor. His next court appearance is schedule for April 19 in Hastings.