February 11, 2019 04:31 PM
A 32-year-old St. Paul man pleaded guilty in connection to a rollover crash in Arden Hills that injured his one-year-old son and the boy's pregnant mother.
According to court records, Andrew Bernard Gerlach pleaded guilty to one count of criminal vehicular operation.
Gerlach is expected to be sentenced on April 12.
According to the criminal complaint, the state patrol responded to a rollover crash on Interstate 694 East near Snelling Avenue in Arden Hills on June 17. There, troopers found an SUV on its roof in the right-hand ditch.
Gerlach was the driver of the vehicle. The complaint alleges he told authorities a vehicle in front of him suddenly turned sideways and he attempted to avoid it. He reportedly said he believed he struck the other vehicle and lost control of the SUV. But troopers did not see another damaged vehicle at the scene.
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Two witnesses reportedly stated the SUV had slowly drifted toward the right shoulder, leaving the asphalt and drifting onto the dirt and the grass shoulder. The witnesses then said the vehicle overcorrected to the left and began to fishtail before rolling over eight or nine times and coming to rest in the ditch.
According to the complaint, witnesses did not report seeing another vehicle involved in the incident.
The complaint goes on to allege authorities located a hypodermic needle consistent with narcotics use in the debris trail left by the SUV. Troopers also reportedly observed Gerlach displaying signs of being under the influence of a narcotic. A preliminary breath test yielded a .00 BAC.
But a test allegedly found he had THC and a metabolite of THC in his blood, as well as amphetamine and methamphetamine and lorazepam.
The complaint states the child suffered a collapsed lung and a deep arm laceration requiring plastic surgery, among other injuries. The woman suffered a traumatic brain injury, lacerations and other injuries. She was in the second trimester of her pregnancy at the time. The complaint said there was no evidence the fetus was harmed.
Updated: February 11, 2019 04:31 PM
Created: February 11, 2019 04:05 PM
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