A 22-year-old Crosby man was criminally charged Tuesday, Oct. 22, for crashing the all-terrain vehicle he was operating while intoxicated, injuring his two passengers.
Thomas Adam Benson was charged in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd with felony criminal vehicular operation to cause substantial bodily harm, gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation to cause bodily harm and misdemeanor of fleeing a peace officer.
The Crosby Police Department reported while on patrol, an officer came across an ATV crash at 12:32 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Southwest Third Street and 11th Avenue in Crosby.
Benson was taken into custody following the crash and his two passengers, Jordan Wold, 23, of Aitkin, and Vincent McDermond, 53, of Deerwood, were transported to Cuyuna Regional Medical Center by ambulance.
McDermond was treated and released the same day. The Crosby hospital reported Wold was stabilized Sunday and then transported by ambulance to Hennepin Health in Minneapolis. A Minneapolis hospital spokesperson had no information on Wold.
According to the statement of probable cause filed in court, the Crosby officer observed Benson attempting to push the ATV over, as it was on its roof. Wold was lying underneath the ATV and appeared to be pinned at the upper thigh by the rollover cage. The officer observed Wold had a wound to his wrist, with bone and tendon protruding from the skin. Wold also was unconscious and did not appear to be breathing.
The complaint stated when the officer asked Benson who was driving he pointed to the other man, McDermond, who was a block away. The officer noted a strong alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and he appeared to be highly intoxicated. The officer yelled for McDermond to stop and when he turned around, Benson sprinted away and continued to run after the officer yelled “stop.” Wold began moaning and regained consciousness and stated Benson was the one driving when the officer asked. McDermond, who also was injured, also confirmed Benson was driving.
The officer observed tire tracks at the scene consistent with “doing doughnuts” and it appeared as though the ATV was doing a burnout , went out of control and flipped over, the complaint stated.
Benson was eventually located and he admitted that he was driving. Benson agreed to perform standardized field sobriety testing, all of which he failed. A preliminary breath test revealed a blood alcohol content of .209.
Bond was set without conditions for $60,000 or he could be released for no money with conditions to include he wear an alcohol monitor, doesn’t leave the state, is subject to random testing, cannot use or possess alcohol, drugs or firearms and he cannot enter any bars or liquor stores. As of 3 p.m., the defendant was still in custody.
His next court appearance is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 30.