Mankato man charged in Castle Rock crash

A Mankato man was charged with two felonies and four gross misdemeanors following an alleged alcohol-related crash Sept. 3 at the intersection of Highway 3 and 280th Street in Castle Rock Township.

Joseph Francis Hruby, 23, of Mankato, was charged via summons in Dakota County District Court for two counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm for negligence and for an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

He’s also charged with four gross misdemeanors related to criminal vehicular operation and driving while impaired.

When the Minnesota State Patrol responded to a crash at approximately 7 p.m. Sept. 3, they found a damaged black pickup truck in the ditch and Hruby’s white pickup with three cases of beer and cans scattered on the floor inside.

Hruby, who smelled of alcohol, admitted to drinking, but he wasn’t sure of how much, according to the criminal complaint. He said he was driving westbound on 280th Street. By the time he pulled into the intersection at Highway 3, it was too late to avoid the black pickup, he said.

A blood sample was taken about two hours after the crash, which revealed an alcohol concentration of 0.11.

The two passengers in the white pickup were taken to the hospital for treatment by an ambulance.

The driver required stitches for a laceration on his head that went down to the skull. He reported losing consciousness.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $32,000 fine.