An intoxicated St. Paul man drove through his garage and crashed into the house of his neighbor Friday evening, according to police. Thomas Falk, 70, was arrested on suspicion of gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Tested at the scene, Falk registered a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.20. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08.
Officers were called Falk’s house, at 988 E. Orange Ave. in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, just after 6:15 p.m. They found Falk’s pickup truck crashed into the rear of his next-door neighbor’s house.
Investigators determined that Falk had driven through the back wall of his garage, which faced a rear alley, across his back yard and into the back yard of his neighbor, where the pickup struck the neighbor’s house.
No one, including Falk, was injured in the crash. Falk was arrested without incident and booked into the Ramsey County Jail. Tad Vezner can be reached at 651-228-5461. Follow him at twitter.com/SPnoir.
A black man filmed the moment a white homeowner pulled out a gun as he approached him outside his home. The man, Demetrius Taylor, of St. Paul, Minnesota, claims he was sitting in his car with a friend, who is black, as they discussed him selling his car to the man, when they noticed the white homeowner taking photos.
Taylor walked over to confront the man, filming as he approached, and that is when the white homeowner can be seen holding a gun in his hand. The white homeowner seems unfazed however, justifying his actions by saying; ‘We have a lot of drug dealing going on… no one is stereotyping.’
This as a woman starts yelling at the men from across the street, and asking if the homeowner would like her to call 911 on Taylor. ‘You saw two black guys having a conversation in the car and you started taking pictures,’ Taylor goes on to say in the video. ‘When you see me walking down this street, because I’m black, you got nervous and you pulled out your gun.’
Neither of the men decided to file a report at the time, but Taylor apparently changed his mind after that according to police and will be making a report. ‘In my personal opinion, had I been Caucasian, had I been Mexican or Asian, he wouldn’t be taking pictures,’ said Taylor.
The homeowner never pointed the gun at Taylor and was on his property at the time, so may not have broken any law.