A Willow River man has been charged with DWI and criminal vehicular operation after a crash on Sept. 22 in Sturgeon Lake.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Pine County Court, on Sunday, Sept. 22 just after 1 p.m., a deputy of the Pine County Sheriff’s Office reported to the scene of a crash between an ATV and a Toyota SUV on Laketown Road in Sturgeon Lake.

A witness told the deputy that the SUV was signaling to make a left turn onto Interstate 35 when the ATV ran into the back of the SUV at a high rate of speed. The witness said the male driver and female passenger on the ATV flew several feet after the crash. The ATV rolled several times.

The driver and passenger of the ATV were both transported to the hospital by ambulance. The passenger, who had a laceration on her head that took four staples to close, said she could not remember what happened.

The deputy then spoke to the driver of the ATV, Casey David Rote, 30, of Willow River. Rote said they were going to get food, and that he tried to go around the SUV but could not turn fast enough.

The deputy reported that Rote smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage and his eyes were watery. According to the complaint, Rote admitted he drank six beers before he left home. Rote provided a preliminary breath test sample yielding a .165 blood alcohol content result.

Rote has two prior convictions for DWI within the last 10 years. Rote has been charged with two gross misdemeanors, one for criminal vehicular operation and the other for DWI. The maximum sentence is one year in jail and/or $3,000.

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