MINNESOTA: Matthew Cleve jailed after he attacked trooper during DUI field test; Good Samaritan Vincent Williams came to aid of trooper

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When a traffic stop led to an assault on the Minnesota trooper, good Samaritan Vincent Williams stepped in

Vincent Williams helped detain a suspect accused of assaulting a state trooper Sunday evening in Brooklyn Center. LEILA NAVIDI • STAR TRIBUNE

As a 6-foot-4, 300-pound security guard, Vincent Williams didn’t hesitate to help when he saw a Minnesota state trooper struggling with a driver who crashed his car Sunday night in Brooklyn Center.

Williams, 30, of Fridley, helped the trooper detain the suspect, Matthew William Cleve, 38, of Zimmerman, who faces three felony charges related to the incident.

Williams said he was driving behind Cleve’s Honda Accord shortly after 8:30 p.m. and watched it veer into the opposite lane and crash near Hwy. 252 and N. 70th Avenue. Williams got out to make sure the driver was OK and waited for authorities to arrive. MORE

From Grand Forks Herald:
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — A passing motorist helped pull a suspected drunken driver off a Minnesota State Patrol trooper Sunday night in Brooklyn Center after the suspect assaulted the trooper, officials say.

The trooper responded about 8:30 p.m. to a single-vehicle crash near Minnesota 252 and 70th Avenue North, where he encountered 38-year-old Matthew William Cleve of Zimmerman, according to Lt. Gordon Shank, a Minnesota State Patrol spokesman.

At some point, the suspect assaulted the trooper, who subdued him with the help of a passing motorist who pulled over and came to his aid, Shank said.

Cleve and the trooper, who deployed his Taser during the fray, were transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Shank said.

Cleve was booked into the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of assault and driving while intoxicated, Shank said.

Cleve’s criminal record includes three previous DWI convictions, along with convictions for driving with a canceled license and domestic assault. MORE

From KTSP:
As a trooper was investigating, a man began to physically assault the trooper. A Taser was eventually deployed and the man was eventually detained after a good Samaritan rushed to help the trooper.


The State Patrol said the trooper and the man — identified as 38-year-old Matthew William Cleve, of Zimmerman — were both taken to North Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Cleve was then booked at Hennepin County Jail under suspicion of first-degree DWI, fourth-degree assault, and other driver’s license-related violations. MORE

Defendant InfoFiled/Location/Judicial OfficerType/StatusCharge(s)Disposition/Level of Sentence
CLEVE, MATTHEW WILLIAM07/12/198209/12/2012Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty RidgedaleAbrams, Ronald L.Crim/Traf MandatoryClosedDriving After Cancellation – Inimical to Public Safety (IPS) – Gross MisdemeanorConvictedConvicted of a Gross MisdemeanorPossession of Marijuana In A Motor Vehicle – MisdemeanorDismissedPossession of Paraphernalia – Petty MisdemeanorDismissed
CLEVE, MATTHEW WILLIAM07/12/198209/25/2012Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty BrookdaleCrim/Traf MandatoryClosedTraffic – DWI – Operate Motor Vehicle Under Influence of AlcoholDismissedTraffic – DWI – Operate Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration 0.08 Within 2 HoursConvictedConvicted of a Gross MisdemeanorTraffic Regulation – Driver Must Carry Proof of Insurance when Operating VehicleDismissed
CLEVE, MATTHEW WILLIAM07/12/198206/20/2018Hennepin Criminal/Traffic/Petty DowntownCrim/Traf Non-MandUnder Court JurisdictionTraffic Reg-Physically Disabled;park/obstruct parking spaceConvictedConvicted of a Petty Misdemeanor