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Driver faces felony charges for accident that injured four
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Three felony charges of causing injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle were filed Wednesday morning against one of the drivers involved in a Saturday accident in Roberts.


Michael Thomas Johnson, 21, Mendota Heights, Minn., was also charged with a misdemeanor count of causing injury while driving drunk. An initial appearance on all four charges is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, July 1.

Johnson's four passengers, all young Minnesota men, were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital Saturday night.

Police and rescue workers responded to the crash at the east intersection of Hwy. 65 and Hwy. 12 at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

According to Roberts Police Chief Dan Burgess, Johnson was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am headed south on Hwy. 65 and apparently ran the stop sign at Hwy. 12. The Pontiac hit a 2001 Volvo occupied by a Hammond couple, neither of whom was injured.

Burgess said Johnson had some superficial injuries but was not hospitalized.

Joohnson's passengers were Benjamin Hughes, 21, Mendota Heights, Minn.; Anthony Metzger, 21, Mendota Heights; Luke Leahy, 21, St. Paul; and Colin O'Neill, 21, Cottage Grove, Minn.

As of Tuesday morning, Leahy was in serious condition, Hughes' condition was listed as fair, and Metzger was in good condition, said a Regions spokeswoman. O'Neill was discharged from the hospital Monday.

The Volvo driver, Timothy Kazmierczak, 51, Hammond, was ticketed for operating while intoxicated and released, said Burgess.

Neither Kazmierczak nor his wife Susan Kazmierczak, 51, was injured.

Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
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