Price charged with criminal vehicular operation, child endangerment after June crash
(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester woman faces multiple charges related to a June 3 crash that injured four people — including her 13-year-old son.
Patricia Price of Rochester was charged Tuesday with felony criminal vehicular operation based on a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours of driving, felony child endangerment, gross misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, and misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation.
The crash took place June 3 on N Broadway and 48th St. NE in Cascade Township.
Price, driving a white Lincoln Navigator with her her 13-year-old son as a passenger, reportedly took a left turn onto 48th Street.
In doing so, she failed to yield to a Dodge Charger traveling on Broadway, which had a green light and the right of way, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.
According to court documents filed Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies found Price’s vehicle in the northeast ditch at the intersection, with the Charger in the middle of the intersection, both with damage.
Price displayed signs of intoxication such as struggling to maintain her balance, leaning on a light post, bloodshot eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol from her person, according to the deputies’ report.
According to court documents, a preliminary breath test resulted in a 0.193, while a blood draw two and a half hours later showed a result of 0.156 — both well above the legal limit of 0.08 while driving.
The driver of the Dodge Charger sustained a broken wrist, cuts on his legs, head, and arm in the ensuing crash. Another passenger suffered bruising on his chest and ribs that “made breathing difficult.”
Of the five people in the Dodge Charger, four were transported to the hospital for medical assessments.