Man sentenced for causing accident while driving wrong way on I-35A Willmar man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 35 last September and causing an accident was sentenced in Carlton County Court Friday.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
A Willmar man who drove the wrong way on Interstate 35 last September and causing an accident was sentenced in Carlton County Court Friday.
Corey Ryan Walthers, 38, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for one misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation-driver leaving the scene of an accident. A gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.
Judge Robert Macaulay stayed 85 days of Walthers’ jail time for one year, with five days’ credit for time already served. Walthers was also given one year of supervised probation, and he must pay a total of $460 in court fees. He must also abstain from alcohol and controlled substances, submit to random testing, and have no subsequent alcohol, driver’s license, driving without insurance or registration violations.
Walthers was arrested on Friday, Sept. 28, after troopers from the Minnesota State Patrol and officers from the Moose Lake Police Department were dispatched to I-35 for a reported motor vehicle crash.
According to the criminal complaint, Walthers was allegedly driving southbound in the northbound lane of the interstate and sideswiped a second motor vehicle. Witnesses told Trooper Dave Vereecken that the passengers in the other vehicle had received injuries and had been transported to Moose Lake’s Mercy Hospital.
The complaint described the defendant as highly intoxicated at the time of the incident, and he attempted to flee the scene of the crash by getting a ride to the Twin Cities from a southbound driver in a pickup truck.
A later breath test sample revealed Walthers’ blood alcohol concentration to be at .205.