Grand Jury Indicts Man on Murder, Other Charges in Snowmobile Crash that Killed 8-Year-Old

Eric Coleman Photo: Anoka County Sheriff's Office
Eric Coleman

March 01, 2018 01:54 PM

A grand jury in Chisago County has indicted the man accused of striking an 8-year-old on Chisago Lake with a snowmobile in January.

That child later died from his injuries. The multiple charges against 45-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, include third-degree murder and criminal vehicular homicide. 


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The grand jury received the case against Coleman on Tuesday and returned indictments Wednesday on seven charges, according to a release from the Chisago County Attorney's Office.

He had already been charged with criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operation and DWI in connection to the incident.

Some of those charges stem from a separate incident in which Coleman is alleged to have crashed into a vehicle, injuring the driver, before fleeing the scene in November of 2017.

Upon apprehension in that incident, Coleman registered a blood alcohol level of 0.304.

In the most-recent incident, Coleman's blood alcohol content was measured at 0.165 three hours after he struck 8-year-old Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. – who was setting up a fish house with his father on Jan. 27 on Chisago Lake, according to the criminal complaint.

The boy died three days later. His father, Alan Geisenkoetter Sr., was injured in the incident.

The grand jury indicted Coleman on one count of third-degree murder, two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, two counts of criminal vehicular operation and two counts of DWI. He was arrested Wednesday by Chisago County deputies, the release said.

On Monday, law enforcement filed a search warrant application in Hennepin County that seeks Coleman's prescription records from all of 2017 and January of 2018. Authorities specifically are looking for Benzodiazepine, a controlled substance, or any medications containing it. 

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The application stated that medical records from Regions Hospital, where Coleman was treated for his own injuries after the snowmobile crash, show a presumptive positive drug screen for Benzos, a schedule IV narcotic. 

According to a criminal complaint, Coleman's license was revoked after the November 2017 incident, and he is currently under ignition interlock. 


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