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Charges: Driver had 10-12 drinks before crash that killed his partner

Terri Stephenson died in the Valentine's Day crash.
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The man arrested after a Valentine's Day rollover crash that killed his wife had consumed 10-12 drinks before driving, charges say.

Michael Serres, 53, of Hampton, Minnesota, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide over the Thursday crash that killed his partner, Terri Stephenson, 49.

He was driving a Ford F150 pickup in icy and snowy conditions on Hwy. 50 between Miesville and Hampton, after the pair had spent the evening at a nearby restaurant.

The truck veered off the road, hit an embankment and rolled, sliding on its side for several yards before coming to a stop 10-20 yards off the road..

Stephenson, who was in the passenger seat and wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was found partially ejected from the passenger side window and pronounced dead at the scene.

As officers spoke with Serres at the scene, they noticed the smell of alcohol coming from him.

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He then admitted to having consumed 10-12 alcohol drinks at the restaurant prior to driving.

He then refused a preliminary breath test to determine his blood alcohol content, but officers noted that the breathalyzer managed to register the presence of alcohol even when being held in front of Serres' face.

Serres was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He's now facing, if convicted, up to 10 years in prison.

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