MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis man faces six counts of criminal vehicular operation after he drove into the back of a Pedal Pub Wednesday night — injuring several riders.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says Mershon Leroy Corbett, 35, crashed his Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the back of a Pedal Pub on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis at about 9:55 p.m., causing the pub to tip over onto several of riders.
Witnesses say Corbett did not apply his brakes before slamming into it, according to the criminal complaint.
Twelve people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, four of whom were seriously injured.
One man suffered broken ribs and a bruised lung; a second had a head injury and internal bleeding; a third suffered a broken collarbone and broken back bones; and a woman suffered a head injury and lost a portion of her left ear.
Officers at the scene say Corbett smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was heavy and slurred.
A breath test at taken at the scene showed Corbett’s blood-alcohol level was .21 — almost three times the legal limit. The results of his toxicology report are still pending.
Corbett will make his first appearance in court Monday. He could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.