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Driver who killed 3 brothers in 2004 DWI crash picked up again

LAKEVILLE - A Farmington man who was convicted of killing three brothers in a drunken driving crash 10 years ago has been charged with driving drunk again.

LAKEVILLE - A Farmington man who was convicted of killing three brothers in a drunken driving crash 10 years ago has been charged with driving drunk again.

Boe Elijah Barlage, 33, was pulled over Thursday night in Lakeville after police received a report about 9:40 p.m. of a car “all over the road” on Cedar Avenue, according to a complaint filed in Dakota County District Court.

Barlage was sentenced to eight years in prison in May 2005 after pleading guilty to causing the Oct. 10, 2004, crash that killed Matthew, Jacob and Justin Backstrom of Hampton Township, east of Farmington.

Investigators in that case said Barlage was driving drunk, speeding and talking on a cellphone when he hit the Backstroms’ car while trying to pass another car on Minnesota 50. He was convicted of three counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

Barlage, a football and hockey player who graduated from Augsburg College, was 22 at the time and already had several alcohol related offenses.

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Barlage now faces two felony charges, one for drinking and driving with previous alcohol-related felonies, and the other for driving drunk. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine on each count.

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