Andover man charged with injuring two people in Ham Lake crash

A 19-year-old Andover man was arraigned Nov. 6 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation while under the influence of alcohol.

Cullen Fitzpatrick Lyons, 791 139th Lane N.W., will next appear in court Dec. 4.

According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on patrol 2:58 a.m. Nov. 4 when they spotted a vehicle rolled over in a ditch near the intersection of Crosstown Boulevard and 3rd Street in Ham Lake.

Lyons was standing outside the vehicle and told the officer there was another person in the back seat, according to the supplemental report filled out by the deputy who first responded to the scene.

The 15-year-old girl in the back seat of the rolled over vehicle said her legs and stomach hurt. She was extricated from the vehicle and doctors later reported that she had two broken legs and internal injuries, the supplemental report states.

Lyons allegedly told police that he was speeding as he headed north on 3rd Street, toward Crosstown Boulevard when he lost control on the curve and the 1999 Honda Accord went off the road and rolled in the ditch. He allegedly denied having anything to drink when police asked this question.

Lyons agreed to go through a field sobriety test and he passed most of the tests, but he did allegedly fail the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. He had a preliminary breathalyzer test reading of 0.115 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), so he was placed under arrest, according to the complaint.

During the course of the investigation, officers learned that there was a third person in the vehicle at the time of the accident. This 19-year-old man returned to the scene approximately five minutes after authorities asked him over the loudspeaker to come back.

This man had blood coming from his right hand, blood all over his pant legs and large bumps on his head, according to the police supplemental report. He told police that he was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the accident.

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

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