Snowmobiler Charged with DWI in Chisago Lake Incident; License Had Been Revoked 3 Times

January 29, 2018 10:40 PM

The man who hit a father and son with his snowmobile on Chisago Lake Saturday has been charged, and authorities say his license has been revoked three times in the past for alcohol-related incidents, including a November case where his blood alcohol concentration was allegedly 0.30.

Court documents said police smelled alcohol on 45-year-old Eric Joseph Coleman after the incident, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is analyzing a blood sample taken the night of the incident.

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However, because Coleman's license was revoked, and he is currently under ignition interlock in connection with the November case, authorities said in the criminal complaint that he "poses a serious ongoing threat to public safety," which is why a warrant for his arrest was issued. 

The charges include two counts of criminal vehicular operation causing great bodily harm under the influence of alcohol and one count of DWI.

Coleman is at Regions Hospital after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. He is under law enforcement supervision while hospitalized.

Meanwhile, Alan Geisenkoetter Sr. was treated and released. His son Alan Geisenkoetter Jr. is in critical condition at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul.

Alan Geisenkoetter Jr., who is 8, suffered head trauma and fractures to both legs. He was airlifted to a metro hospital, according to the sheriff's office. His father was transported from the scene by ambulance.

A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for medical expenses for Alan Geisenkoetter Jr.

"A lot of people yelling and screaming –not sure what was going on," said Jay Danielson, who was fishing at a nearby ice house when the incident occurred.

Danielson said he led emergency crews from the shore to the crash site on the ice. The decision was made to use Danielson's SUV to transport the boy to the air ambulance.

"Our thoughts go out to the family and the boy," Danielson said. "Just hope he has a good recovery." 

Editor's note: KSTP had the elder Geisenkoetter's first name wrong. It is Alan. KSTP regrets the error.

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