Andover man sentenced for injuring two in November drunk driving crash

An Andover man was sentenced June 21 in Anoka County District Court to 60 days in jail for injuring two passengers in a vehicle he rolled while drunk in November 2012.

Besides the 60-day jail sentence, Cullen Fitzpatrick Lyons was placed on four years’ probation, fined $135 and must pay $3,908.06 in restitution. He was convicted of felony-level criminal vehicle operation while under the influence of alcohol charge.

According to the criminal complaint, an Anoka County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol in the early morning hours of Nov. 4, 2012 found a 1999 Honda Accord rolled over in a ditch near the intersection of Crosstown Boulevard and 3rd Street in Ham Lake.

Lyons told police he was heading north on 3rd Street, toward Crosstown Boulevard, and lost control on the curve because he was speeding. He denied having anything to drink, but eventually agreed to field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests. He blew a 0.115 blood-alcohol concentration (BAC).

A 15-year-old girl was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. Doctors later determined she had two broken legs and internal injuries, according to the complaint.

Authorities soon found out that a third person in the vehicle had left the scene. This 19-year-old man returned after police called him back on a loudspeaker. He had blood coming from his right hand, blood all over his pant legs and large bumps on his head. He said he was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time of the accident.

As part of his probation, Lyons must attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving impact panel within four months and complete treatment.

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

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