Police respond to alcohol-related crashes over weekend

Published 10:29 am Monday, September 19, 2016

Two single-car crashes happened in Austin this weekend, both along curves in west Austin.

At about 7:22 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to an crash near the corner of 15th Avenue and 14th Street Northwest close to the Interstate 90 bridge.

An Albert Lea man with a strong smell of alcohol on his breath was walking around stating he was looking for his vehicle, but he reportedly called a tow company and gave a false name, according to Police Chief Brian Krueger.

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The car was found embedded in a grove of small trees or large bushes, and it’s believed the man missed a curve and drove into the trees.

After police drove him to the vehicle, the man reportedly told police had been at a party, crashed the vehicle, fell asleep in the vehicle and then woke up and called for a tow.

He failed a field sobriety test and consented at the Mower County jail to take a breathalyzer test, which he failed.

He was booked and cited for fourth-degree DWI and released once he was sober.

Man crashes after taking curve too fast

Around 5:51 p.m. Friday, a 22-year-old male was driving south on the 1200 block of 31st Street Southwest near Mandolin Apartments when he went into the ditch at a sharp curve, according to Krueger.

The man told police he was driving too fast, estimating his speed around 41 mph, and went airborne when he went into the ditch.

Gold Cross Ambulance assisted at the scene, but the man declined medical attention.

Krueger said the man was cited for careless driving, having an open bottle in a motor vehicle and duty to drive with due care.

The vehicle was towed.