An Eagle Lake man is facing several serious charges after Minnesota State Patrol says he was driving while high, caused a crash with injuries at the intersection of Highways 22 and 14, and left the scene.
The victim told dispatch that they were trapped in their vehicle after the Monday afternoon crash and that the driver of the other vehicle involved got into a passing vehicle, which drove off. The driver of that vehicle soon called 911 and said he’d dropped the man off at the Mills Fleet Farm gas station and he ran toward Menards.
Troopers ran the tag number of the car involved in the crash and it came back to 40-year-old William Barsness and his wallet and cell phone were found in the vehicle. He was tracked down in the Third Avenue area in Mankato and arrested.
Investigators met Barsness at the jail and say he showed signs of being under the influence of drugs – including red eyes and profuse sweating. Blood drawn at the jail has been sent for testing.
He is charged with three felony charges of driving under the influence and two counts of criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm.
Court records show Barsness has several prior DWI convictions, including one felony conviction, and has a pending DWI charge after an arrest in July.