18th DWI sends Rosemount man to prison for 3 years

His latest DWI charge stemmed from a serious injury crash in 2018.
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A Rosemount man received a three-year prison sentence on Monday, nearly two years after causing a serious crash that resulted in his 18th DWI charge. 

Marshall A. Knoll, 60, was charged in March 2018 with two counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm and one count of first-degree DWI after being involved a four-vehicle crash in October 2017. 

The crash happened at the intersection of Hwy. 52 and 210th St. E. in Vermillion Township, with Knoll accused of driving erratically before crashing into the back of a vehicle at approximately 50 mph. Two victims in the crash suffered serious injuries, including broken bones and internal bleeding. 

A blood sample would reveal that Knoll had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash, resulting in the 18th DWI charge of his life, dating back to 1979. 

“The Defendant in this case had 17 prior DWI convictions dating back to 1979," said Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom in a statement. 

"His failure to stop using chemicals while driving seriously injured two victims in this case. We are pleased to have brought Marshall Knoll to justice for causing this crash while driving impaired once again. We wish the victims well in their continuing recovery."

Knoll was also driving on a cancelled license at the time of the crash, in addition to headlamps and connections between the truck and trailer he was driving held together in some places by tape and thin metal wire.

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