Authorities: Drunken Driver Strikes, Pins 2 People Outside Wis. Bar
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 19-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk when he struck and pinned two people with his truck outside a bar in Wisconsin early Sunday morning, according to Polk County authorities.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched on Sunday at 2 a.m. to the unreported location of the incident. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the driver of the vehicle, identified as Tren James Lyons of Osceola, Wis.
Witnesses reported seeing Tren leaving the bar after being refused service, getting into the driver’s side of his truck and starting it. He then reportedly revved the engine and put it into drive, which made the truck lurch forward, striking a man and woman. The victims, identified as Jacob Monahan and Jennifer Roettger, were pinned against the front of the building.
Witnesses were able to get the vehicle off of the victims and take the keys so Lyons could not leave.
The arresting deputy reported that Lyons failed numerous sobriety tests before being arrested for operating while intoxicated causing injury. A PBT test on scene resulted in a reading of .33 BAC.
Later, Lyons told authorities he knew he shouldn’t drive, but no one else would. He also said he didn’t believe that the victims were injured as he had only “bumped them,” the arrest report said.
Monahan suffered a fractured hip and will require surgery. Roettger has possible minor injuries.