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Northern Minnesota man accused of CVO, DWI in ATV crash

Northern Minnesota man accused of CVO, DWI in ATV crash

Minnesota is known for its parade of seasons. Many residents enjoy the outdoors during any season of the year. We have previously discussed criminal charges related to driving a snowmobile in the winter and while someone has been enjoying a boat ride in the summer. Recreational vehicles are generally subject to Minnesota’s stringent driving while impaired laws. All-terrain vehicles may not have a specific season in which Minnesotans use the vehicle. But, ATVs are subject to the state’s DWI statutes.

A Darwin, Minnesota man is facing second-degree DWI and criminal vehicular operation charges after he was allegedly involved in an ATV accident Sunday near Cosmos. Meeker County, Minnesota officials claim that someone called authorities around 3:00 Sunday afternoon to report an ATV accident at the Thompson Lake County Park. The caller claims that a man tried to run the ATV up a steep embankment when the ATV rolled over.

The caller claims that a 5-year-old girl was riding along as a passenger on the ATV, but the witness claims the Yamaha, the man and the child left the area. Authorities say that a 5-year-old girl was located at her grandparent’s house in Cosmos, Minnesota who had serious injuries, The girl was transported to a local hospital before being transported to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis with what authorities say could be life-threatening injuries.

A 30-year-old rural Darwin, Minnesota man is accused of driving the ATV at the time of the incident in the park. He is charged with gross-misdemeanor DWI and CVO with injury charges in Meeker County. The man reportedly is a friend of the girl’s father.

Source: The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, “Minnesota ATV crash injures girl; man charged with DWI,” May 13, 2013

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