A 21-year-old man is facing charges of criminal vehicular operation in Minnesota after police say he caused a drunk driving accident in Brooklyn Center that claimed two lives. This case further demonstrates the great potential danger and possible tragedy that could result from drinking alcohol and subsequently deciding to drive a motor vehicle on Minnesota’s highways.
However, in cases involving serious or fatal accidents, it’s imperative to involve an experienced Minneapolis DWI defense lawyer at the earliest possible stage. Typically, a vigorous defense against charges associated with a fatal drunk driving accident in Minneapolis or St. Paul is a client’s first step in defending against the civil liability of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. Bringing in an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an accident can permit a thorough review of the accident scene, and even the vehicles involved.
Police say the 21-year-old defendant in this case had a blood alcohol level of .18 — more than twice the legal limit — when he ran a red light and rammed another vehicle, killing both occupants in the other vehicle. He reportedly told a Minnesota State Patrol trooper that he had been drinking beer and hard liquor at a friend’s house. A 21-year-old Brooklyn Center woman and a 22-year-old Bloomington man were killed in the crash.
Police say the defendant was incoherent when responding to questions and was found wandering away from the crash scene. Again, this is not necessarily evidence of a driver’s intoxicated state. As we reported recently on our Minnesota Criminal Law Blog, authorities are too often willing to pile on blame and criminal charges once it has been alleged that a party to a serious or fatal accident is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The only thing that matters is what can be proven in a court of law.
Also of interest in this case is the fact that is is being moved to Dakota County because of a conflict of interest with the Hennepin County attorney’s office, which the office has thus far declined to explain.
Fox9 News reports the defendant had been giving his uncle a ride home at the time of the crash; his uncle had reportedly asked for a ride after having too much to drink.
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