A 38-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide stemming from a drunk-driving crash that resulted in the death of an 18 year old.
According to the criminal complaint, Jason Jerome Rothmeyer of Clear Lake, Minnesota, sped away when police attempted a traffic stop after receiving a report of a "possibly intoxicated person" leaving the Becker Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker around 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 10.
A police officer spotted the vehicle Rothmeyer was reportedly driving and witnessed it crossing the right fog line and then crossing over the center line. The officer attempted to pull him over but Rothmeyer sped away on Country Road 127 before turning left onto 82nd Street where he reached speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Rothmeyer narrowly missed hitting a Sherbune County patrol vehicle head-on, and then blew through a stop sign at 82nd Street and 125th Ave. SE.
A Ford pick-up pulling a trailer with a car on it was crossing the intersection at the same time, and it t-boned Rothmeyer's vehicle. The impact ejected an 18-year-old passenger in the truck.
The teenager was identified as Kyle Scott Foley of Dassel, Minnesota. Foley was unresponsive and not breathing and died the following morning at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale.
Two other people in the truck were trapped and needed help from law enforcement to get out, which wound up on its side in the ditch with the box of the pick-up sheered off. They were taken to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment.
Meanwhile, Rothmeyer got out of his vehicle and ran before an officer tracked him down and tackled him. Rothmeyer failed field-sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath test of .228, nearly three times the legal limit.
Rothmeyer has been charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, fleeing a police officer, and fourth-degree DWI. If convicted of all charges, he could spend up to 60 years in prison.
According to the Star Tribune, Rothmeyer could face more extensive punishment if the case goes to trial and prosecutors pursue "aggravating factors."
Foley graduated from Dassel-Cokato High School earlier this year. According to his obituary, he was lifelong member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church "and enjoyed many activities with his Christian friends."