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Mountain Lake woman faces felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Mountain Lake woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Randee Ginette Berg, 44, has been charged with criminal vehicular operation, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On June 2, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper received a report of a rollover crash on 196th Avenue near 140th Street in Martin County. After arriving at the scene, the trooper observed a passenger car on its side in the road. It was apparent the vehicle had rolled multiple times.

196th Avenue transitions from pavement to gravel north of 140th Street. The trooper observed more than 100 feet of tire tracks in the gravel where the vehicle was skidding out of control before the tires dug into the gravel, causing it to roll.

The trooper later observed multiple glass alcohol containers in the vehicle, and the interior of the vehicle smelled like alcohol. Officers also discovered a marijuana pipe and one gram of marijuana in the vehicle.

The trooper observed two adults and a child standing in the roadway. The male passenger requested that the trooper call an ambulance to evaluate the 9-year-old child. The trooper spoke with Berg, who admitted she had been driving the vehicle and lost control.

The trooper observed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Berg and that she had slightly slurred speech. The trooper also observed Berg had multiple scratches on her arms and legs that were slightly bleeding, and a lump on her head.

The trooper observed that the child appeared to be shaken and cold, and she complained of left arm pain. The trooper also observed a lump on the child’s arm near her wrist. The child was later taken to the hospital where it was determined she had suffered a bone fracture in her left arm during the crash.

Medical personnel arrived on the scene and the trooper spoke with Berg. When asked how much alcohol she had consumed, Berg replied “Too much.” Berg agreed to a preliminary breath test that showed her alcohol concentration to be over the legal limit.

A search warrant was obtained for a sample of Berg’s blood, and Berg consented to a blood draw. A sample was later sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

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