Rice county officials accuse a 20-year-old man of driving drunk and other offenses after a deputy responded to the scene of a car accident Sunday. Authorities claim that the deputy found the 20-year-old naked in the back seat of a car that had run off the road and crashed into a tree line. Law enforcement says that the man smelled of alcohol and that the deputy investigated the man for allegedly driving while impaired allegations.
However, the deputy also says that a naked female was found in the back seat of the car. Upon further investigation, Rice County prosecutors claim that the girl is only 13-year-old, and law enforcement believes that the man had engaged in inappropriate contact with the girl. The Rice County Sheriff’s Office says that the girl told authorities that she had been at a party and the male had offered to give her a ride home.
The girl reportedly does not know why she was in the back seat and does not know if she and the man had sex with each other. Authorities say that the 13-year-old blew 0.11 percent in a preliminary breath test during the investigation. Law enforcement arrested the man on suspicion of misdemeanor DWI and felony sex crimes.
Deputies claim that a plastic container was found in the car that tested positive for marijuana residue. Apparently, law enforcement searched the area near the car and claims to have found a jar containing 25 grams of marijuana about 25 feet away that authorities think belongs to the man.
The 20-year-old was formally charged Monday with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, possession of drugs and paraphernalia, misdemeanor DWI, and driving while revoked after the car accident investigation.
Quite often a DWI investigation may begin as something completely different, such as some minor traffic violation. Similarly, law enforcement will often seek to expand an investigation to as many other areas as possible. Whether law enforcement has the right to open or expand an investigation are complex issues, and dependent upon the facts of each and every case. A criminal defense lawyer can help a person accused of a crime, or multiple offenses, in assessing the situation and in developing a criminal defense strategy.
Source: Faribault Daily News, “Faribault man arrested on criminal sex conduct, DWI charges,” Rebecca Rodenborg, May 13, 2013