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DULUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT TRAFFIC UNIT


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411 West 1st Street

Duluth, MN  55802

Phone (218) 730-5030                 Fax (218) 730-5911

Press Release

Contact: Investigator Tom Stolee

Phone: (218) 730-5475

 

UPDATE ON SEPTEMBER 2ND TRAFFIC CRASH ON RICE LAKE ROAD   

On September 2, 2007, at 8:41 PM, there was a single vehicle traffic crash on Rice Lake Road between the Kruger Road and Airpark Boulevard.  A 1998 Volvo was heading northbound on Rice Lake Road at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control causing the vehicle to go off the right side of the roadway, overturn, and shear a utility pole.  As a result, power was knocked out for a portion of the Arrowhead Road/Duluth Heights area and all three vehicle occupants were taken to local hospitals.


The driver of the vehicle was Michael Wesley Freeman, 32, of Duluth.  He was wearing his seatbelt and suffered minor injuries.  There were two passengers in the vehicle, Jennifer Ager, 27, of Duluth, and Cory Miller, 41, of Duluth.  Ager was wearing her seatbelt and was seriously injured.  Miller was not seatbelted, he was ejected from the car, and critically injured.


Investigation has determined that Michael Freeman was driving in excess of 80 MPH and his blood alcohol content was .17.  On September 25, 2007, Freeman was formally charged and an arrest warrant issued for four counts of felony criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm and two counts of gross misdemeanor 3rd degree driving while impaired.  Today, Freeman was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Saint Louis County Jail.   



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