ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) – A 27-year-old mother has been charged with four criminal counts of criminal vehicular operation after a crash investigators say happened while she was driving drunk.
According to the complaint filed in Anoka County, Misty Rose Briese of Little Canada, Minn. was driving early last August when she crashed near the 15200 block of Prairie Road in Andover.
The vehicle rolled into a ditch with Briese, an adult male and a 5-year-old girl inside. The girl, who was determined to be Briese’s daughter, was in a car seat.
Emergency crews said the girl had to have a finger amputated as a result of the crash. The adult male also sustained injuries that required surgery.
The charges state that Briese’s blood alcohol level measured 0.14.
Witnesses said they saw her vehicle out of control that night, traveling at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour, blowing stop signs and passing cars in a no passing zone.
Other witnesses said they saw Briese and the adult male in the vehicle drinking in a bar while Briese’s daughter was left alone inside the car.
If convicted of the four felony counts, Briese faces up to 5 years in prison on two of the counts, and 3 years in prison on the other two counts.