Police: Driver who caused crash on Pilot Knob was drunk

Police say a 23-year-old Lakeville woman was drunk and talking on her cell phone when she rear-ended another vehicle on Pilot Knob Road in Apple Valley last month. The resulting three-vehicle crash left two cars totaled, including hers.

According to Apple Valley police, the woman was driving north on Pilot Knob Road, just south of County Road 42, around 3:30 p.m. June 20 when her Acura sedan rear-ended a Chrysler Sebring stopped at a red light.

The collision triggered a “chain reaction” crash, with the Sebring then rear-ending a Hyundai Elantra also stopped at the red light.

Both the Acura and the Chrysler Sebring were totaled, and the Hyundai Elantra suffered rear-end damage, police said.

The woman behind the wheel of the Acura was arrested and transported to a St. Paul medical facility, where she was treated for alcohol intoxication.

No injuries were initially reported in the accident, though the woman who was arrested began complaining of injuries after she was taken into custody.

A one-liter bottle of vodka, nearly three-quarters empty, was found in the woman’s purse, police said.

Police did not release the woman’s name because criminal charges have yet to be filed.

Apple Valley police are awaiting toxicology test results from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to determine the woman’s blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash.

Once the test results come in, the incident report will be forwarded to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office for possible criminal charges, an Apple Valley police spokesman said.

The woman suspected of causing the crash has two prior convictions for driving under the influence, in 2007 and 2008, according to police.

  • Fred Smith

    I think Citizens need to be aware if you see a car on the road that is acting funny maybe pick up your cell phone and call 911. There is so much distracted driving on the roads it is not funny.
    If you see this kind of thing please call because otherwise your doing your community a disfavor. Someone will likely get hurt as a result of someone that could just take the time to call. Speeding and then slowing down, talking on your cell phone, texting, weaving in and out of lines, doing something else in the drivers seat other then driving are all reason to call.