Beth Freeman has been charged in a criminal complaint with two counts of Criminal Vehicle Homicide in the death of Wayzata Police Officer Bill Mathews, killed in the line of duty while picking up debris on Highway 12 last Friday.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s office released the complaint at approximately 2pm today:
Beth Freeman, 54, charged w/vehicular homicide in killing of Wayzata police officer William Mathews. https://t.co/cmuX5bH7ko
— Hennepin Co Attorney (@HennepinAtty) September 11, 2017
Revoked license & controlled substance(s)
Freeman was operating the vehicle without a license. The complaint indicates a field sobriety test was administered and that “Freeman had an elevated pulse, constricted pupils and difficulty counting backwards.“ On scene law enforcement personal found cocaine within the vehicle; although the complaint did not indicate which substance Freeman is suspected of using while driving.
Texting while driving
The complaint goes on to indicate that Freeman admitted to talking on the phone and receiving text messages shortly before the crash, confirmed by investigators that “the messages had been read in the time frame immediately prior to her hitting” Mathews.
Criminal Record long
Freeman has a laundry list of driving, drug use, and theft convictions on her public court record, which was reported by Wayzata.com as part of the original coverage of Bill Mathews death.
City honors fallen hero
Wayzata area supporters are installing blue lights on their front porches to honor Officer Mathews and the Wayzata PD, which can be had for free at True Value in Long Lake.
UPDATE – Tuesday 12:30pm:WE HAVE MORE BLUE BULBS!!!! If you or your neighbor, friend, family, and/or porch light…
The Bill Mathews Memorial Fund has been established at Wells Fargo in Wayzata. City leaders and dozens of police officers honored Mathews at the Jame J. Hill Parade on Sunday.
Honoring Officer Bill Mathews during our JJ Hills Day parade. So touching! Thank you to our community and all the cops who attended!! pic.twitter.com/k2xXK8pO4I
— Wayzata Police (@WayzataPoliceMN) September 10, 2017
Public Invited to Funeral
The funeral is set for Thursday at 11:00 am at Wayzata Free Church, located at 705 County Rd 101, Plymouth, MN 55447. Visitation will on Wednesday evening from 3-8 p.m.
— MN Public Safety (@MnDPS_DPS) September 11, 2017