Andover man who ran vehicle into home while drunk sentenced

A 24-year-old man who struck an Andover home while driving drunk was convicted Oct. 10 in Anoka County District Court.

Brendon Edward Rudolph of Andover entered a guilty plea to a gross misdemeanor charge of criminal vehicular operation. Two gross misdemeanor DWI charges were dismissed.

He will serve 120 days in jail and be on probation for the next six years.

According to the complaint, Rudolph had a preliminary blood alcohol content (BAC) breath test reading of 0.234 after he struck an Andover home at the corner of Round Lake Boulevard and 134th Avenue around 8:30 p.m. July 10.

Rudolph swerved and hopped the median as he was driving south on Round Lake Boulevard. According to a witness who was a passenger in another vehicle, Rudolph just prior to this was tailgating them after they had passed him.

After driving over the median from the southbound lanes, the vehicle continued across the northbound lanes, jumped the curb on the east side of Round Lake Boulevard, drove through a lawn almost hitting a mother and her kids, hit another truck in the driveway, flipped over and crashed into the house, according to a witness.

The homeowner told authorities that she was in the back bedroom when she heard a loud crash coming from the front of the house. She was not injured.

Two males were sitting on the ground outside the severely damaged red pickup truck, according to the complaint. Rudolph was identified as the driver. Both had scrapes and scratches on their bodies and Rudolph’s passenger said his neck hurt, so an ambulance was called.

Rudolph was convicted of DWI in May 2006 and December 2009.

The court also imposed a $685 fine, but $600 of this may be waived if he does community service.

One of the terms of probation is for him to go through chemical dependency treatment. He cannot consume alcohol during this six-year probation period.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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