WINONA, Minn. (CBS/WCCO) Deputies in southern Minnesota recently made a surprising discovery when they came upon a car crash.
Police say a 12-year-old girl, who veered off the road, was driving drunk and going too fast Saturday night.
Winona County Sheriff Chief Dep. Ron Ganrude said the office received a call around 11:30 p.m. Aug. 7 about a vehicle that had gone off County Road 12. The vehicle drove through a garden and came to rest against a shed.
Ganrude said two people were inside the vehicle, a 19-year-old man identified as Benjamin Repinski, of Winona, and a 12-year-old driver.
The 12-year-old told officers she had a sore back and side after the accident and was taken to a local hospital. She was cited for fourth-degree DWI and refusing to submit a blood alcohol test.
Ganrude said Repinski had been drinking, but was not over a blood alcohol content of .08. Still, he was cited for operating a vehicle while drinking, consumption by a minor, and allowing an unlicensed person to operate a motor vehicle.
But the story took another perhaps not surprising turn.
A sheriff's deputy, en route to the hospital where the girl was being transported, spotted a moped driving slowly along the shoulder of Highway 43. The driver appeared to be wobbly and was wearing sunglasses.
The officer pulled the moped over and cited another 19-year-old driver for operating a vehicle while drinking underage, and minor consumption. The moped driver told the officer... Benjamin Repinski had called him to come pick him up after the accident on County Road 12.