Charges: Drunk Passenger Caused Crash In St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — After crashing a car on a Twin Cities Interstate, the driver didn’t face criminal charges but her passenger did.

Mollie Marie Lenzi faces two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation in connection with the April 19 incident. The crash happened at about 2:25 a.m. that day in St. Paul along Interstate 94 near Western Avenue.

Lenzi and her three friends had been out earlier in the night at The Wild Onion Bar in St. Paul. They were celebrating Lenzi’s birthday and planned to get home safely with a designated driver. But police said that plan backfired when Lenzi, from the passenger’s seat, caused a crash.

According to a criminal complaint, the driver, Natalie Mast, said Lenzi “grabbed the steering wheel and turned it, causing the car to veer to the left, and crash into the median wall.”

Mast said Lenzi was “very drunk,” and at the accident scene, Mast gave an alcohol breath test to a result of .025, under the legal limit for driving. Mast broke a few ribs, and Lenzi headed to the hospital.

While talking with Lenzi in the hospital, a state trooper noted her eyes were watery and bloodshot, and her speech was slurred. He also noted she smelled of alcohol.

A blood sample revealed Lenzi’s alcohol concentration was more than twice the legal limit. The Ramsey County Attorney charged her with causing the crash and injuring her driver.

“The state, regarding DWI, clearly states that a person only needs to be in physical control of a vehicle.  In this particular case, that physical control was the passenger grabbing that steering wheel, causing the crash,” said Lt. Eric Roeske with the Minnesota State Patrol. “You only need to be in control for a moment or two to be a danger to you or someone else.”

It happened on an April night that started as a party but took an unexpected turn. Lenzi’s lawyer said the charges are just allegations at this point and wouldn’t comment on them.

  • JustSayin

    Pffft! Ha, what an idiot!

  • Ha ha Ha

    Funny, sounds like she’s getting hit (as she should) with a serious moving violation, as a passenger. Very bad for business (insert heavy accent here)

  • Dumb kids

    Yep – not sure if a $20K fine can make an idiot like this smart…..$20K and 200 hours of communiuty service cleaning UP accidents might help. Sober while there of course. lol

    • monica

      ya in no

  • GEt.a.LiFE

    i think this driver is just trying to blame it on the passanger nd get away with crashing the car quite honestly. she should get time too.

    • Dumbest Thing I've Heard

      Yeah, the sober driver is blaming the raging drunk for a complete accident, that makes sense. The passenger ends up with the equivalent of a DUI, when the sober driver would not even be cited for a 1 car accident. And, the other passengers corroborate with the story. How much sense does that make?

      FYI, some please start with the Amy Senser comments =)

    • jackactionhero

      She should get time? Based on what exactly? Please be specific.

  • RL

    BAD GIRL!!! You go home now.

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  • You too!!

    He gets around.

  • Warthog

    A car-load of drunken bimbos.

    • @hog

      Not a car load hog….the driver was doing the right thing and sober.
      Some eye candy in the car for sure….woody time. lol

  • See BS

    This attractive woman willl be forced to take a Union Thug Steward Smalley class in exchange for no jail.

    Our court system allows people with Stockholm Syndrome to bribe liberal religious institutions.

    • Pretty pretty lady...

      This is the only reason why this is even on the news….it’s because she’s good looking. This shouldn’t even be a headline!

      • See BS

        This woman has the “Looks that kill” by Motley Crue

        The news also reports stories about people getting DUI on Lazy Boy chairs and lawnmowers. Thankfully she didn’t hurt herself or someone elseon her birthday if she is at fault.

        Hopefully she keeps her motor clean

  • hiding she was-but where?

    Anyone check which seat Amy Senser was sitting in?
    And when did she start sucking on the Jose’ anyway….no dummy, I meant the bottle

  • Sentence

    I have offered up my time and services and will recommend to the judge a $20,000 fine, 1000 hours hard time service with me over-seeing her (or vice versa) and 5 years probation folowing that.
    Trust me – she will learn from this stiff time served and it will be painful on both sides. ;-)

  • Double down

    While at The Wild Onion she was making bacon outside too.
    No dummy, not with the cook. If was with the HIVMan.
    Hope she gets a double time sentence for being double dumb. Thank God for the median being there….the beetch could have wiped out many people. I hope the HIVMan was full up of the goods that night

  • Murph

    She might have a future in GOP politics.They are always looking for someone to crash the big bus!

  • And

    These charges will most definetly be dropped or reduced to misdameanors. Sounds like an ADA trying to make a name for themselves. Wish she called me and attained my legal services, this would be a walk iin the park

  • red

    Young and stupid

  • Kevin

    Mollie is a naughty little passanger! She must be punished! I volunteer my services! I promise to hurt her so good…….does she have a milf? If so….they will both need to be punished!

    • HugeBlackHead

      to late there Kevin…she’s already under the sheets at my place

  • Michael

    She was a passanger and grabbed the wheel and turned the car left?
    Maybe if the car went to the right I might believe it more. To be a passenger and grab the wheel and turn it left seems to me like it would be fairly hard to do.

  • Michael

    Also, if I’m driving and someone reached over to grab the wheel from the passenger seat I would see the arm and knock it away, slap it, or hold on the the steering wheel for better control. Unless the driver wasn’t in control of the vehicle, which to me would seem illegal also. Not picking sides here, just trying to sort it out in my mind.

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