MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The driver accused of killing a Twin Cities police officer was back in court Monday afternoon.

Beth Freeman is charged with hitting Officer Bill Mathews on a highway in Wayzata last month. Prosecutors say she was on drugs and on her phone right before the crash. She also didn’t have a license.

beth freeman Bail Set At Driver In Crash That Killed Wayzata Officer At $500K

Beth Freeman (credit: Hennepin Co. Jail)

Mathews had been clearing debris from Highway 12 when investigators say Freeman hit him. A witness captured the aftermath on his phone. In the video, Freeman admits to looking up moments before striking the officer.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said Monday a toxicology report shows cocaine was in Freeman’s system at the time of the crash.

At court Monday, a judge ruled to keep her bail, as previously ordered, at $500,000. She’ll remain in the Hennepin County Jail until her next court date Dec. 5. The trial is currently scheduled for February.


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