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Deputy said Motorcyclist Didn't Remember Hitting a Car

Nicholas Hanson Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Nicholas Hanson

June 13, 2018 09:46 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Rochester man told deputies he "didn't remember hitting a car" after a woman said he rear-ended her vehicle with his motorcycle.

Around 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, an Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy saw a vehicle parked on the side of the road. The hazard lights were on, said Captain Scott Behrns, so the deputy stopped to see if the driver was okay.

The driver told the deputy she was driving south on the 4300 block of 50th Ave. SE in Marion Township when a motorcyclist rear-ended her vehicle. The woman told the deputy she had a sore neck and headache from the crash.

Captain Behrns said the deputy located the motorcycle nearby but not the driver. About 30 minutes later, law enforcement received a phone call from the motorcyclist who said he didn't remember hitting a car but thought he lost control on some gravel.

The deputy said the motorcyclist, 34-year-old Nicholas Hanson of Rochester, appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Captain Behrns said Hanson was given a field sobriety test and failed. 

Hanson could face fourth-degree DWI and criminal vehicular operation charges pending a urine sample.

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