Driver pleads guilty to causing Andover crash that injured girl

The driver of a car involved in a single-vehicle crash in Andover has pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court to two of four felony charges.

Misty Rose Briese, 26, Little Canada, entered guilty pleas Oct. 14 to two counts of criminal vehicular operation, gross negligence. The two other criminal vehicular operation charges will be dismissed at sentencing. She remains free on her own recognizance.

Briese was accused of driving drunk on Prairie Road Aug. 26, 2012 and losing control of her vehicle, causing it to leave the road and finish upside down in a ditch, injuring both her adult male front passenger and her five-year-old daughter in the back seat.

According to the complaint, the male passenger had to have surgery for multiple fractures, while the child had a finger amputated.

Briese blew a .14 on the preliminary breath test, then a blood test also showed a .14 blood-alcohol level, the complaint states.

Witnesses stated the car was being driven at 90 to 100 mph, passing vehicles in a no passing zone and running stop signs before losing control on a curve.

Other witnesses identified Briese and the male drinking at nearby bar minutes before the crash, while the five-year-old left in the car.

When the witnesses went to confront Briese, she sped out of the parking lot in her vehicle, according to the complaint.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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