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State Patrol arrests man suspected of hitting 2 tow truck operators

A 39-year-old Lakeville man was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation in connection to the Rice County crash.
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RICE COUNTY, Minn. — The Minnesota State Patrol has arrested a man suspected of hitting two tow truck operators Monday morning and driving off. 

According to a criminal complaint, 39-year-old Marlon Fleming, of Lakeville, is charged with two counts of criminal vehicular operation.

The May 16 hit-and-run incident happened just before 2 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35, just south of Lakeville in Rice County. Troopers said the two tow truck operators were working to remove a vehicle from the center median of I-35 when they were hit by a driver of a black Lincoln MKZ. The tow truck had its emergency lights flashing at the time of the crash, as did a State Patrol vehicle that was at the scene, according to a criminal complaint.

Both tow truck operators are from Faribault: One, a 39-year-old man, was transported to Allina Health Faribault Medical Center while a 23-year-old man was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Both had extensive but non-life threatening injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Kevin Fleming called state patrol the night of May 16 and said his son, Marlon Fleming, was driving a black Lincoln MKZ and was the person that struck the two tow truck operators. Kevin Fleming told troopers that when his son returned home with the MKZ early Tuesday morning, the vehicle was damaged, the complaint said. After Kevin Fleming called Lakeville police, Marlon was arrested.

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