Carlton County corrections officer involved in crashAlcohol may have been a factor in a one-vehicle roll-over early Sunday that sent a Carlton County corrections officer and his passenger to the hospital, according to Cloquet Police.
A Carlton County corrections officer and former sheriff’s deputy was involved in a one-car rollover early Sunday in Scanlon, according to Cloquet Police.
Michael John Laveau, 28, was driving a pickup truck north on Highway 45 near the Scanlon Park and Ride by Interstate 35 when he hit the center median, lost control of the vehicle and rolled it at 1:25 a.m. on Oct. 18, Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande said.
Neither Laveau nor passenger Kaira Lee Wedin, 21, were reportedly wearing seat belts and Wedin was thrown from the vehicle, Lamirande said. Wedin was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Laveau was taken by ambulance to Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet where he was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash, Lamirande said, and while at the hospital, a blood alcohol test was done on Laveau. The sample was sent to the State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and results could take a few weeks.
Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said Laveau has been a Carlton County Sheriff’s Office employee since June 2004. Although hired as a corrections officer, Laveau is a licensed deputy and was on patrol for the county from March 2006 until July 2008 while another deputy was on military deployment, she said.
Laveau has not been back to work this week and is taking sick leave, Lake said.
Thomas Pertler, Carlton County attorney, said Wednesday he had not received paperwork pertaining to the case, but said due to conflict of interest concerns, he would give it to a neighboring county attorney to review for possible charges.