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Police: St. Paul man critically injured when car crashes into bus shelter

The crash happened around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

A car that crashed into a bus shelter in St. Paul this past weekend left a 22-year-old St. Paul man with a life-threatening head injury. 

St. Paul police spokesperson Mike Ernster confirmed Tuesday that investigators are working to determine if the victim was struck by the car or by debris strewn into the air in the collision. 

The crash happened at a Metro Transit bus shelter at 3rd and Earl streets just before 4:45 a.m., according to a public report from St. Paul PD. The driver of the car involved in the crash, a 38-year-old Minneapolis man, told police that a tire blew and caused him to lose control. 

He was given a preliminary breath test that revealed he'd been drinking alcohol and was arrested and booked into Ramsey County Jail on suspicion of criminal vehicle operation. 

According to the Pioneer Press, the man was released from jail on Monday. 

A woman at the bus shelter suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Regions Hospital.

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