Coon Rapids man charged for driving car through garage wall, injuring two people

A man, allegedly drunk, who drove a car through the back wall of a garage at a Coon Rapids residence the night of April 23 striking two people and then drove away, faces four charges, three of them felonies, in Anoka County District Court.

Brian Allen Rollefstad, 27, 10440 Hollywood Blvd., was arraigned in court April 25 on three felony counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm, one for leaving the scene and two for negligence – alcohol, plus a gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI charge.

Bail was set at $20,000 without conditions or $10,000 with conditions, including random testing. His next court hearing is May 21.

The night of April 23, Coon Rapids Police responded to the area of Crocus Street and Hollywood Boulevard on a report from an anonymous caller that someone was yelling for the police, and while en route officers were told by dispatch that another caller heard a woman screaming that someone was bleeding.

An officer spotted an open garage at 10440 Hollywood Blvd. and the back wall of the garage knocked down and severely damaged.

The officer walked through the garage to the rear patio area where he found several witnesses attempting to help two injured people, a man and a woman.

According to the complaint, the man lying on his back on the cement patio was unresponsive with his eyes closed, while the woman, who was lying on part of the damaged wall, appeared to be awake, complaining of leg and foot pain and being very cold, but seemed to be going into shock.

Oxygen was provided to both of them and the male regained consciousness before being taken to the hospital, where the woman was found to have a fractured ankle and the man multiple deep tissue bruising.

A witness who lives behind the Hollywood Boulevard residence told police she heard a loud crash, then loud screaming.

She alleged that a Ford Focus had gone through the garage and was sticking out of the back wall some seven to eight feet.

A male standing outside the car then got into the vehicle and tried to back out over large amounts of debris, she alleged.

Another witness who lives in the area identified Rollefstad as the driver of the Ford Focus, observing him back the vehicle to the bottom of the driveway before getting out, and alleging he was intoxicated, slurring his words.

When she told him the police had been called, he allegedly got back into his car and left.

Another witness interviewed by police corroborated the woman’s account of Rollefstad leaving.

The owner of the house arrived while police were interviewing witnesses and said that Rollefstad lives at the residence, according to the complaint.

Information was broadcast about the Ford Focus, including the license plate number, after it had left the scene and it was stopped by a Fridley Police officer on the 1000 block of 95th Avenue N.W. with Rollefstad being taken into custody.

The car allegedly had severe front end damage to the front bumper, hood and windshield and the driver’s side outside mirror was hanging by its wires.

Arriving at the scene of the stop, a Coon Rapids officer allegedly observed that Rollefstad had difficulty maintaining his balance, his eyes were bloodshot and watery and when he spoke, he had a odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

Rollefstad allegedly admitted to the officer that he was drunk, failed field sobriety tests and blew a .164 on the preliminary breath test.

After being read the state implied consent advisory, Rollefstad allegedly stated he did not want to contact and attorney and agreed to submit to a blood test, which was taken at the hospital.

According to court records, Rollefstad has a criminal history, including a 27-month prison sentence in 2007 by Anoka County District Court after entering a guilty plea to felony terroristic threats and a 2005 felony second-degree arson conviction for which he was placed on probation for 10 years, also in Anoka County.


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