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Man with 17 DWIs charged with causing 4-vehicle crash

The crash in Vermillion Township left one with substantial injuries.

A driver with 17 DWI convictions dating back almost 40 years has been charged with causing a 4-vehicle crash while high on meth.

The crash on Hwy. 52 in Vermillion Township, southeast of the Twin Cities, in October 2017 resulted in several injuries, including one passenger who had several broken bones and internal bleeding.

Responsible for the pile-up was a truck towing a trailer driven by Marshall Knoll, 59, of Rosemount, who while traveling at 50mph allegedly rear-ended a line of stopped traffic.

When he got out of his truck, Knoll was observed to have watery eyes, slurred speech and was generally uncoordinated. 

A blood test later found amphetamine and meth in his system.

A study of his truck meanwhile found that it was unsafe for the road, with headlamps and connections between the truck and trailer held together in some places by tape and thin metal wire.

Further investigation of his criminal history found that Knoll had 17 prior convictions for DWI dating back to 1979.

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At the time of the crash, his driver's license had been canceled.

Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said: "Driving under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol poses a significant risk to public safety and too often results in serious injuries or death." 

Knoll has been charged with 1st degree DWI, two counts of criminal vehicular operation, and one count of driving with a canceled license.

His bail has been set at $250,000.

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