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Man sentenced for Hudson freeway crash

Dylan M. Nelson

A Minnesota man responsible for a hit-and-run crash in St. Croix County that left another motorist injured was convicted last week.

Inver Grove Heights resident Dylan M. Nelson pleaded no contest Nov. 27 to causing an injury while operating under the influence, a misdemeanor. Two felony charges stemming from the May 6 incident were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Nelson was sentenced to pay a $1,500 fine and spend 90 days in jail — though St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham agreed to waive 60 days of that term if the 23-year-old commits no alcohol-related offenses for a year. His license is also revoked for one year in Wisconsin as part of the sentence, which also calls for 30 hours of community service.

Nelson was charged after a May 8 crash on Interstate 94, where a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper attempted to catch up with a speeding car later determined to be Nelson's. The trooper got to Hudson and found a truck crashed up against a median and its driver with a broken arm.

The offending vehicle, later determined to be Nelson's, was gone, but was found later that night after he struck a parked vehicle on Second Street in Hudson.

A breath test at the time showed Nelson had a 0.16 blood-alcohol level. He later told authorities the interstate crash occurred while he was looking down to change a radio station.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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