HASTINGS, Minn. - A Lakeville woman is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of a motorcyclist after authorities say she drove at more than four times the legal limit for intoxication.
Prosecutors have charged 44-year-old Leah Marie Colwell with four criminal counts for her role in thecrash that killed Jeffrey Trondson of Burnsville.
Police say Colwell was extremely intoxicated when she turned left in front of a motorcyclist at the intersection of Harwell Avenue and 160th Street in AppleValley. Officerswho responded to the scene gave her a preliminary breath test that showed her blood alcohol level at .360, a level that can lead to death in some people.
At one point Colwell refused to perform field sobriety tests.
Two passengers were in the car with Colwell at the time of the fatal crash. One admitted that following the crash he panicked and removed two bottles of alcohol from the vehicle and disposed of them at a nearby residence. Both bottles were recovered and admitted as evidence.
Colwell had no drivers license at the time of the crash as it has been suspended after authorities decided she was a threat to public safety. She has one previous conviction for driving while intoxicated.
If convicted of criminal vehicular homicide Leah Colwell could face a sentence of ten years in prison.