Man Charged in Rochester Traffic Disruption Incident
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - A Twin Cities area man who created a huge traffic mess in Rochester last year is now facing prosecution in Olmsted County Court.
A felony count of fleeing police was filed last week against 46-year-old Scott Vilinskis of Shorewood.
The incident began around noon on November 4, 2015 when a motorist called 911 to report a man who was driving his car and performing a lewd act. Police stopped his car at the Crossroads Shopping Center a short while later.
When it was learned Vilinskis had been involved in an earlier incident at the Twin Cities airport dealing with a bomb threat, a police dog was brought to the scene to check the car. When the dog hit on something suspicious, it was decided to close Broadway between 12th and 16th streets and evacuate parts of the shopping center.
The all-clear was issued four hours later after nothing was found in his car. The incident involved about two dozen police officers, as well as numerous firefighters and other first responders.
Vilinskis is scheduled to be arraigned on May 18.