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Drunk driver hits father on a walk with his daughter in Burnsville

The man suffered numerous injuries but survived.

A 65-year-old Burnsville woman is facing up to three years in prison for driving drunk and hitting a pedestrian. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County, Karen Jean Honetschlager admitted to drinking and driving and striking a man who was on a walk with his daughter at 114th Street and River Hills Drive in Burnsville. The crash happened at approximately 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. 

First responders arrived to the scene and found a man lying under the front end of a black truck. He had suffered numerous scrapes, cuts and bruises to his upper body, in addition to cuts on both knees and a large gash on the back of his head. He was also diagnosed with eight broken ribs, a lung contusion and a fractured elbow. 

The man's daughter, who was not injured, told police that they were crossing the street when they heard a vehicle approaching from behind. She tried to warn her father but he wasn't able to react before getting hit. 

Honetschlager admitted to driving the truck and having had "two Bacardi and diet coke cocktails while at a local restaurant," the complaint says. She failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit. 

She's been charged with criminal vehicle operation resulting in substantial bodily harm, a felony that if convicted could result in up to three years in prison and/or a fine of $3,000 to $10,000. 

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