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St. Croix County vehicular homicide suspect arrested in Twin Cities

Makellia Jensen

The woman sought by authorities for her alleged role in a St. Croix County homicide-by-vehicle case has been arrested.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Makellia S. Jensen, of Big Lake, Minn., was arrested early Wednesday.

Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Jensen was arrested at 1:20 a.m. at a Motel 6 on Cleveland Avenue in Roseville, Minn., after police were called there for a disturbance in a room.

Police found Jensen — who allegedly first provided a false name — and another man in the room. The 22-year-old was arrested and taken to Ramsey County jail, where she awaits extradition to Wisconsin on St. Croix County charges of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and several drug-related counts.

According to Ramsey County jail information, she was booked on suspicion of felony controlled substance possession and being a felony fugitive from justice. Knudson said suspected drug paraphernalia found in the hotel room was seized by police.

Jensen is accused of handling her phone during an Oct. 21, 2016, traffic incident on Highway 35 in the town of Troy that forced a Beldenville teenager off the road. That girl, 16-year-old Kyra Hayes, died at the scene of the crash.

Assistant St. Croix County District Attorney Alexis McKinley said Jensen could make her first appearance in Wisconsin as soon as this week if she waives extradition.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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