Reporting Amelia Santaniello
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) – For the second year in a row, the Minnesota Lynx will advance to the WNBA Finals. As the team is celebrating a big win, one player had her festivities cut short.
The Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks Sunday to win the Western Conference championship
They arrived home at MSP International Airport around 11:40 Sunday night, and were very thankful so many fans came to greet them. But on Monday morning, point guard Seimone Augustus had an unexpected welcome back home from a Roseville Police officer.
Augustus was pulled over around 10:30 Monday morning near Rosedale Mall, at Fairview Avenue and Highway 36.
Roseville Police Officer Won Chau stopped her for having an air freshener dangling from her rear-view mirror, which is against the law in Minnesota.
Augustus wrote several tweets about the incident to her followers.
“Thank you Officer W. Chau #155 roseville police for ruining my day off and western conference champion celebration,” wrote Augustus. “I guess that goes to show no one is above the air freshener law in Minnesota–even when you have out of town plates.”
She also noted in her tweets that the conversation went from the air freshener to an increase of theft at the mall.
“I didn’t know you can only drive minnesota cars to a minnesota mall and if not you must be stealing or doing something illegal,” she wrote.
Lieutenant Lorne Rosand told us they’ve beefed up security around the mall ever since a stabbing back in 2010.
Augustus is not letting the incident get her down. She also tweeted, “I want everyone to have a wonderful day! Have fun…no matter what life is good.”
Roseville Police released a statement Monday afternoon.
‘One of the primary missions of the Roseville Police Department is the safe passage of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who use our city’s streets and thoroughfares…An obstruction, such as an air freshener hanging from a car’s rear view mirror can obstruct the driver’s view of merging traffic or a pedestrian crossing at an intersection.”
The Lynx Organization told us it is not commenting on the incident.