Houston man faces three criminal vehicular operation charges
(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE: A Houston, Minn. man arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation after a three-vehicle crash on Broadway Avenue faces three charges of criminal vehicular operation — one resulting in great bodily harm, and two causing more minor injuries.
Each charge alleges that Dylan Yocum, 24, was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
The crash sent one man to the hospital with a broken right femur, five broken ribs, a broken clavicle, a broken AC join, an unknown number of cervical spine and facial fractures, a brain hematoma, and several broken teeth, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Yocum admitted to using marijuana earlier in the day, and investigators completed field sobriety tests that suggested he was impaired.
Yocum has a pending driving while impaired charge from January of 2022 in Winona County Court, according to court documents.
He was also arrested with an outstanding warrant from Wabasha County, according to PIO Tim Parkin.
According to the OCSO, Yocum was driving a Honda Accord southbound toward Rochester when he rear-ended a truck that had slowed in front of him.
The truck, near Broadway Avenue and Salley Ridge Lane NE, was pushed into the northbound lane and struck by another vehicle.
The 68-year-old man driving the truck was not wearing a seatbelt, had to be extracted from his car, and was airlifted to Saint Marys Hospital with critical injuries.
PIO Tim Parkin said the OCSO had last heard that the man was entering surgery, but was expected to survive.
Responding officers claim they smelled a strong scent of marijuana on Yocum.
Yocum was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared following the crash. Afterward, he was transported to the Adult Detention Center.
Parkin said blood draw results that will indicate whether or not Yocum was driving while intoxicated are pending.
The northbound vehicle was driven by a 33-year-old Rochester woman with a 5-year-old passenger. Both were taken to the hospital to be checked for minor injuries.
(ABC 6 News) – One person was airlifted following a three-vehicle crash in northeast Rochester.
Just before 6 p.m. crews were dispatched to Broadway Ave and Salley Ridge Lane NE south of 75th St NE. One of the vehicles involved rolled over in the crash.
One person was airlifted by Mayo One to Saint Marys Hospital and is listed as in critical condition. Broadway Avenue has been shut down in both directions.
The crash remains under investigation.
ABC 6 News has a crew on scene and will provide additional information when it becomes available.