Boyfriend charged with providing alcohol that led to fatal crash

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STILLWATER, Minn. -- The 21-year-old boyfriend of a woman charged in a fatal car wreck is accused of providing the alcohol that led to the crash.

"The person who goes out and furnishes that liquor to a minor, they're going to take the consequences too," said Washington County Attorney Doug Johnson.

Brandon John Hedlund was arrested in Somerset, Wisconsin Tuesday, Police say he has admitted to buying a bottle of vodka for his girlfriend, 19-year-old Alicia Rae Haupert, the night of January 28th. Haupert and her friends finished the bottle.

The following morning Haupert and her two friends were in a car that left the road in May Township and hit a utility pole. Haupert and Trisha Lea Hughes suffered minor injuries, but 20-year-old Andrea Zimmerman was killed. Alicia Rae Haupert registered a .108 during a preliminary breath test.  

Haupert was charged Monday with one count of Criminal Vehicular Homicide. On Wednesday, Hedlund was charged with one felony count of furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21, and that person became intoxicated and caused the death of another as a result of the intoxication.

If convicted, he could face 5 years in prison and a ten thousand dollar fine.  Prosecutors say it's more likely he'll face a much lighter sentence of jail time and probation.

"People don't think it's a big deal when they buy liquor for minors. In this case someone died as a result of Mr. Hedlund's irresponsible actions," Johnson said. "Now he is looking at having a felony conviction. "

During an extradition hearing Wednesday, Defense Attorney Paul Rogosheske accused the Minnesota State Patrol of 'grandstanding' by forcibly arresting Hedlund in Wisconsin, and said it was "a ridiculous waste of taxpayer money by the highway patrol" as he maintained Hedlund would have voluntarily turned himself into Minnesota authorities.

"We're going to take a look at the evidence and let the case run its course," said Rogosheske, adding that at this point, his client plans to plead not guilty.  

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