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SLEEPY EYE – A two-vehicle crash on August 24 at the intersection of Freeway 4 and Elm Street NW led to two charges of aggravated third-degree DWI filed on Wednesday against a 19-year-old Sleepy Eye woman.

An appearance in Brown County District Court for Millicent M. Sorenson, 533 1/2 2nd Ave. NW, Sleepy Eye, was set for 8:30 a.m. on October 12.

According to court documents, Sleepy Eye police investigator Shawn Bohnen was dispatched to the scene of a car crash at 2:57 p.m. on August 24. head and refused to stay in his vehicle and showed signs of intoxication.

Bohnen saw Sorenson bleeding from her left forehead and was leaning against a white Pontiac Grand Prix when she told him she was driving from her residence to work when she reached the semi-final. Bohnen noticed signs of intoxication.

A Sleepy Eye ambulance arrived a few minutes later with an emergency medical technician. In the ambulance, Sorenson admitted to Bohnen that she had been drinking alcohol. She agreed to take a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test and failed.

Sorenson agreed to have a preliminary breath test showing a blood alcohol level of 0.197. She was arrested for DWI.

Bohnen spoke to the semiconductor who said he was heading south on TH 4 when he saw a northbound white Grand Prix cross the center line in his lane. The semiconductor said he tried to avoid the crash but the Grand Prix hit his trailer.

Bohnen obtained a search warrant for a blood test and executed it at Sleepy Eye Medical Center. A blood kit was filed as evidence, placed in a secure mini-fridge, and mailed to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for testing.

Test results received Sept. 14 from the Minnesota BCA showed an ethyl alcohol concentration of 0.188.

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