Almost four months after he was involved in a fatal car crash, an Eden Prairie man has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide.
Police believe the 46-year-old man was drunk at the time of the Aug. 1 incident, in which he missed a curve, struck a utility pole and flipped over. His passenger was killed in the crash.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the man was arrested and charged Friday, Dec. 6.
Authorities say the man had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.19 at the time of the crash.
- One count is for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- One count is for driving with a BAC level above 0.08, the legal limit for intoxication in Minnesota.
- One count is for driving in a “grossly negligent” manner.
The case has attracted some regional interest because the man was driving a Corvette convertible when he crashed. The implication in some people’s minds seems to be that this man was a habitually unsafe driver and that his choice of vehicle played some kind of role in this terrible incident.
As a Minneapolis DWI lawyer, it’s my job to fight against unfair prejudices and unsupported assumptions like this and make sure that any court case focuses only on the facts and circumstances of the underlying incident. It is important that we not get distracted from what is really at issue.
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