Driver suspected of drinking before Valentine's Day crash that killed partner

The driver is being held on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.
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A rollover crash involving a couple in Dakota County on Valentine's Day left one of them dead and the other arrested for criminal vehicular homicide.

The crash happened on a snowy and icy Hwy. 50 around 11:20 p.m. Thursday, when a Ford F150 went into a ditch and rolled in Douglas Township, between Miesville and Hampton, which is where the couple live.

Killed in the rollover was 49-year-old Terri Stephenson, whom the State Patrol said was not wearing a seat belt.

Her 53-year-old partner was being the wheel, and he was arrested after being treated for his injuries.

He's being held in Dakota County Jail on probable cause criminal vehicular homicide with a blood alcohol concentration of more than .08.

He's expected to be charged in the coming days. BMTN doesn't typically identify suspects until they have been charged.

It was one of two fatal rollover crashes in southern Minnesota on a day in which blowing snow made driving conditions challenging.

The other saw 58-year-old Scott Friedrich, of Cannon Falls, die after he lost control of his Chrysler Town & Country, went into a ditch and rolled on Hwy. 56 in Goodhue County.

He, too, was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said.

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